A crash course in changing the world.
When I first read about this challenge to choose a skill that can be offered free in the community. I found myself in quite a pickle about what skill I could choose that is free and offers a huge benefit to the individual and ultimately the community . After lots of thought and discussion with fellow EVOKE members I found a skill that can fulfill the above needs and truly be a major advantage to south africa. Literacy courses.
South Africa's literacy rates are one of the lowest is the world having 18,6% of South Africa illiterate. This means that 9055782 people in South Africa are Illiterate. This is a large figure and South Africa is trying its best to reduce this large number of illiterate people - by setting up numerous organizations such as the St. Joseph's Adult Education Program (http://www.stjosephsaep.co.za), Which offers free literacy training courses in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans to anyone that is in need for free.
Information on St. Joseph's Adult Education Program:
Experienced and qualified literacy facilitators offer cla**** in the three dominant languages of the Western Cape: English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. All three courses are free of charge. The learners will be given the tools to not only decipher their world, but also to understand their reality with all its symbols. Rita Searle is the co-ordinator of this project. Times:
English: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Afrikaans: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Xhosa: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Duration: Cla**** are help throughout the year
Start Date: Saturday 16 January
This organization is creating the foundation of many peoples lives by offering them the opportunity to learn to read and write. To be literate is a huge advantage in this day and age, it opens up so many doors and opportunities for one to excel at. The inability to read and write not only prevents people from functioning fully within their communities, but also exerts an influence on national priorities and the use of human and material resources. Without literacy you can not express your mind in an influential way and this can only hinder you in all aspect of life.