Why is first language literacy taught? Isn’t English more important? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Most adult learners will choose to go straight for English, whether they can read and write in their own language or not.  This may not be a good choice. Over the 42 years of its existence, Operation Upgrade has seen clearly that it is too difficult for an illiterate or semi-literate person to learn to read and write in a foreign language.  The process is very slow and there are many drop-outs.  It is better to spend time at the beginning in learning home-language literacy.  Many concepts can be covered in one’s own language, which makes learning the second language less of a daunting challenge.  The practice of reading and writing in the second language can then be just that – practice – rather than a double learning burden.

Operation Upgrade advises that literacy learners complete ABET Levels 1 and 2 in their home language, to ensure sound basic literacy, before entering English level 1.

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