PROJECT: Early Grade Reading Study, North West Province
CLIENT: University of the Witwatersrand School of Education, Department of Basic Education
VALUE: R15 million
DURATION: January 2015 – December 2016
A glimpse into the project:
BUDGET: R15 000 000
The Early Grade Reading Study 1 (EGRS 1) came to an end in December 2017 after three years. The study is a Randomised Controlled Trial which evaluates the impact of the three specific interventions on reading development in Setswana home language. These interventions have been applied in randomly selected schools in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district and the Dr Kenneth Kuanda district – both of which lie in the North-West Province. This project is funded by the Zenex Foundation and UNICEF.
A structured learning programme and centralised training implemented in a group of 50 schools. Teachers are equipped with structured lesson plans (NSC and CAPS compliant) as well as reading material. Teachers meet for centralised training workshops twice a yea
A structured learning programme (the same structured lesson plans and reading material as Intervention 1) as well as specialist, ‘on- site’ coaching, implemented in 50 different schools. Teachers receive on-site coaching as well as small cluster training sessions.
Parental intervention implemented across another 50 schools. Weekly meetings are held for parents, where the importance of early grade reading is discussed and parents are provided with the necessary tools and knowledge to become more actively involved in their child’s literacy development.
|Breaking News: New ‘gold-standard’ study finds improvement of 40% of a year of learning in reading for disadvantaged children in South Africa. (At least that would be the title I’d pick if I was a sub-editor reporting on EGRS!)
Mr Nic Spaull