"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."
Lillydale Literacy Project
The Lillydale Literacy Project was founded in 2000 with the goal of improving literacy in the Ximhungwe Circuit in the Bushbuckridge Municipality, near Kruger Park. Early on it was decided to work through local public school teachers by enhancing their skills in how to teach reading. The project sponsored the training of the first ten teachers in 2000.
Through 2015 the project trained close to 400 teachers and school administrators, creating a critical mass of trained teachers in each of the 18 primary schools and nine high schools in the Ximhungwe Circuit. The teachers have been taught how to teach reading using a combination of multisensory and whole language approaches. In 2011 the Project initiated a new course for school principals and their deputies. This course, Leadership in Literacy, focused on the overall management of a school's language curriculum. That course was followed by a Reading Power course designed for high school teachers, providing advanced techniques in skills such as reading comprehension and essay writing.
Since 2015 the Lillydale Literacy Project has been affiliated with Good Work Foundation ( www.goodworkfoundation.org ), a Hazyview, South Africa-based non-governmental organization whose mission is closely aligned with that of the Project: to deliver high quality education on a large scale to rural learners by using technology based applications. The Project’s main role with Good Work is to provide training to their facilitators who interact with school-aged learners in their Open Learning Academy and post-high school learners in the Bridging Academy.
In another section of the website there is a timeline that highlights major events in the Project’s history.