How do you start an ABE programme? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Set up a committee, of interested people from all the communities involved in the programme.  The committee does not need to be large, but to avoid future problems and to give strength to the programme it should be representative.
  • With the committee, arrange to explain to community members what is planned.  Ask for their approval.  Some will be frightened of failure.  Some will be embarrassed to expose their lack of education.  Make a date for all interested people to be assessed (This will happen after the educator has finished the first 10 days of the mother-togue literacy course.)  Do not use the word ‘Test’!  Explain the assessment will show who needs to start at what level, as some people will have forgotten what they learned at school many years ago.  Do your best to get community support although this may be a slow process.  Men often do not want to attend classes with women.
  • Select educators with Operation Upgrade help and send them for training. You will need a mother-tongue speaker to teach basic literacy and also to teach English at ABET levels 1 and 2. (A lot of translation to and from mother-tongue is needed in the early stages of learning English.)

  • Arrange for the educator to do an assessment.  After this is marked, it will show you what you need to set in motion in terms of what numbers in which classes at which levels.
  • The educators will be trained to recruit learners and set up classes.  A class needs a venue, chairs/benches, tables to write on, exercise books, pencils, erasers, and learner workbooks.  The workbooks can be purchased through Operation Upgrade or other publishers such as the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • The classes operate with visits from the committee members from time to time to see all is well.

HIV and AIDS and literacy learning

The educators in training on the HIV and AIDS course make a list of the AIDS topics they want to cover in literacy lessons.  Then in groups they plan lessons on the basis outlined above.  After the course they make their own lesson plans that incorporate some of the HIV/AIDS topics.

EMSENI Community Centre

We have set up a community centre in KwaNibela, called Emseni Community Centre. (“Emseni” means Place of Kindness.) We have built two large rondavels there, one to accommodate our staff and visitors, and one for storage.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize

“The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to Operation Upgrade of South Africa, for the “KwaNibela Project”, and continues the Organisation’s 40-year history of commitment and change.  Website Hosted by Pro Hosting Internet Services