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FUNDANAMI LITERACY AND NUMERACY PROJECT

  1. IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

Name of the project: Fundanami Literacy Project

Physical Address: Rata Social Services

55 Malherbe Street

Capital Park

Postal address: Rata Social Services

P.O BOX 26282

PRETORIA

0007

Contact details

Telephone: 012-3252320/ 012 -3735257

Fax: 0123251856/0123735257

E mail: rata@pretoria.org.za

 

Person Responsible:

The Programme Manager: T.N Masina

The Social Worker: Fulufhelo Makhubele

The Auxiliary Worker: Patricia Nomvula Matabane

  1. INTRODUCTION

The proposal seeks to source funding for Fundanami Literacy project for children experiencing learning challenges such as reading and counting. The funding proposal is linked to the three year cycle business plan of the organisation. The need for the project was initiated as a result of the increased referral from schools in the community with regard to children with social and learning problems. The cases referred for social servive intervention are from children experiencing maltreatment such as neglect, physical, emotional abuse and health problems related to poor nutrition and learning problems. Lack of support from the families have also been identified as having an impact on the child’s academic performance because of high rate of learning challenges were reported at schools. Basic reading and writing skills were identified as challenges preventing the children from coping at secondary level of education and subsequently dropping out of school. The Rata Social Services formed a partnership with the school to initiate a programme whereby the child development is enhanced through addressing the social and educational needs.

 

  1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

3.1 THE LITERACY AND NUMERACY SUPPORT PROGRAMME.

The name of the project is Fundanami project, a socio-educational support programme initiated to provide learners with learning challenges with the counting, reading skills and strengthening the capacity of the parents to cope with the needs of the learners. The project arose as a result of the continuous monitoring of school progress for the foster care learners. The individual assessment conducted of foster care children indicated that the majority of the foster care children are not coping academically especially at secondary level of education (from grade ten to twelve) because they cannot read and write. The learners are repeating grades and are progressed to another grades because in terms of the Department of Education, a child is not supposed to repeat the same class for more than once. It becomes difficult for the learner to cope at secondary level if not having mastered reading and counting at primary level. The pass rate becomes low and the percentage of children reaching grade 12 and drop out of the school. The inability to continue with their education limit the opportunities of entering into tertiary level of education as well as the labour market.

The following are the factors that have been identified to affecting the academic performance of the children at school:

– Poor socio-economic family background and lack of stimulation from early stages of development.

– Lack of involvement of parents in school work and activities.

– Lack of reading material and recreational activities.

– Inability to understand the medium of instruction used in class.

– Lack of incentives both from school and home to reinforce positive behavior (both academic and conduct)

 

Commencement of the project

The project started on 27/01/2014 within the school premises of Phuthaditshaba primary school with the Funding from Beeld. It operates from Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14h00 (after school) for two hours. The project started with grade 4 class of forty (40) children. The class was sub divided into Maths and English class (20 learners in each class).Two more classes of grade (5-6) were added to accommodate the learners from grade 4. The additional classes were solely from strengthening the learning skills in preparation for secondary level of education. The classes was scaled down in 2018 because of insufficient funding, but the need still exists.

 

  1. GOALS OF THE PROJECT

To improve  the literacy and numeracy skills of children experiencing learning difficulties to achieve better academic performance , high rate of school completion and low level of anti-social behavior and the opportunity to participate in the labour market .

 

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

The project is aimed at providing support for children experiencing learning difficulties such as reading, writing, spelling and counting.

The project also intends to strengthen the partnership between the identified learners, the teachers and the parents to ensure that learner is obtaining the necessary support with regard to school activities.

 

  1. TARGET

The project is targeting learners from grade four to grade seven. The reason for starting the project at primary level targeting grade four class is because of the transition of learners from being dependent on one educator for all subjects to various educators of different subjects. The children are struggling to handle the transition and the numeracy and reading is severely affected.

 

BENEFICIARIES

The current beneficiaries are forty (40) learners from all grade fours of the school.  Initially the beneficiaries were 120 learners from grade 4-6, but was scaled down in 2018 down to only grade 4 because of lack of funding.

 

  1. AREA OF OPERATION.

The school premises at Phuthaditjaba primary school.

  1. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Activities Indicators OUTCOME RESOURCES TIMEFRAMES RESPONSIBILITY
Working relationships

Establish partnership with the school

Request permission to utilize the school premises

Request permission from the parents for children to participate in the programme.

Recruitment of educators(volunteers)

-Permission letter from school.

-Allocated classrooms

Kitchen and

Library

Indemnity forms

Contracts

Legitimate working relationship with school.

 

Ensure safety of learners

Venue

Parents

Educators

learners

 

01/02/2019 Social worker

Social auxiliary worker

Principal

Screening of Learners

identify 40 children with learning problems and with score below30% from all grade 4’s

Previous School reports

Indemnity forms

Identified screened children in terms of competency Learners

Educators

Parents

 

01/02/2019 Social worker

Social auxiliary worker

Educators

Parents

Activity programme

Compile activity programme for Maths and English

Pre and post test

Pre –exam tests

Procurement of learning material

 

 

Subject schedules

Assessment results

Stationery

Educational material

No of books

No of educational games and material

Register

Improve reading and language proficiency

 

 

 

Learning environment is used optimally for the learners

Stationery

Laptops Educators.

Learners.

 

Books

Reading books

Numeracy and counting games

Stationary

Vehicle

Mobile storage

01/03/2019

 

Monthly

 

 

01/03/2019

 

 

Six monthly

 

Educators

Social auxiliary worker

 

 

Social auxiliary worker

Social worker

Volunteers

Provide nutritional snacks to learners

 

Daily menu

 

Enhance concentration and promote health Polony,fish,cheese,peanut butter,jam,butter, fruits

Vegetables

Drinks

Tables(food preparation)

Cutlery

Mobile storage

Tuesdays and Thursdays Social auxiliary worker

Social worker

Volunteers

Self -care (life skills) Sanitary pads

 

Self -care kits

Improve personal hygiene of learners Sanitary pads

Soap, washing rags, roll-on and deodorants, toothbrushes and tooth pastes.

Monthly

 

Need based

Social auxiliary worker

Social worker

Volunteers

Educators

Behaviour reinforcement Implement the incentive /reward system for best performance

 

Stationary

condiments

 

Motivation to do better.

Improved self –esteem.

Increased participation and

Condiments weekly educators
Parental involvement

Monitor school home works.

Acknowledgement by signing the reading or the tasks for the day on the school diary

Parent to for task teams for different fund-raising activities

 

No of home works

No of reading books

No of activity books

Parent signatures

Communication book

Improve the

Communication between the school parent and child.

 

Increased level of interest on the child school work.

 

Immediate

 

weekly

Social auxiliary worker

Social worker

Parents

 

 

  1. BUDGET
Financial Year 2019/2022 Costs
Educational material R20 000-00
Administration costs and stationary costs R50 000-00
Telephone R10 000-00
Food R100 000-00
Self-care kit R50 000-00
Vehicle expenses (fuel, licensing, services) R50 000-00
Stipend x 8 educators R50 000-00
Equipments R10 000-00
Year –end function R10 000-00
Total Cost  R350 000-00

 

  1. Financial accountability

 Name of the person or firm responsible for managing your financial records

Accountant: Danie Booysen

ID: 900718 5025 083

Contact details: 012-5430664

Email:fin@rata.org.za

Accounting Firm

MVB Registered Accountants and Auditors

Postal Address: P/O Box 23

PRETORIA

0001

Street Address: Agri-Hub Office Park Building A

477 Witherite Street

The Willows

Pretoria

Gauteng Province

 

Practice nr: 903147

 Tel nr: (012) 460-9146

 

  1. SUSTAINABILITY

The is solely dependent on donations and its sustainability is through the Rata Social services fund raising campaigns and the contributions from the churches.

Andries Pretorius
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