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Reading Support Project

The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has been awarded a Literacy Competency Component (LCC) within the Practical Education Research for OptimalReading and Management (PERFORM) sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in Southern Africa (USAID/SA). This four-year project was launched on 1 November 2016 and it is intended to improve language literacy skills at Foundation Phase level in South Africa’s Limpopo and North West provinces.

This system strengthening project will be implemented in partnership with a number of leading organisations: The Molteno Language Institute (MOLTENO), the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE), Oxford University Press of South Africa (OXFORD SA) and an international partner, Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO). The ultimate aim of this project is to improve Foundation Phase learners’ reading skills in African Home Languages (AHLs) as well as in English as a First Additional Language (EFAL)

Promoting language literacy at Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3) is an imperative if a foundation is to be built for later academic success of learners. The LCC of the PERFORM project in built around three interventions:

  • A professional development programme for Curriculum Advisors and school- based Heads of Department (HODs) to develop their capacity to act as literacy coaches
  • A leadership and management development programme aimed at school principals and their deputies to create conducive environments that support literacy development in their schools
  • The provision of a comprehensive Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM) package