Frequently asked questions
Is ABE examinable? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Yes.  Operation Upgrade sometimes uses the adult examinations set and marked by the Independent Examinations Board.  The Board offers exams for first language literacy (say in Zulu), English at 4 levels, and Numeracy at 4 levels. 
Of what value are the examinations? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
The IEB examinations are in line with an agreement called the National Qualifications Framework, which was negotiated between employers, organised labour and the Government.  This states that adults who achieve approved qualifications can achieve the General Certificate in Education and Training, which is what children at Grade 9 can achieve. 
How would you find out what kind of ABE classes are needed? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
There needs to be an assessment of each potential learner, to establish prior learning.  This would show you whether you need basic mother-tongue literacy classes and/or English classes.  The educator is trained to administer and mark this assessment.
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. 
Where would educators be obtained? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Operation Upgrade can sometimes supply trained educators.  However a literacy programme is often more successful if someone from the community – or the company -  is trained as an educator. 

Operation Upgrade trains educators in the following learning areas:

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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