The M-Net Naledi project is a literacy initiative focusing on primary school children in grade 3, and represents one of the company’s flagship education projects. In many underprivileged communities, low levels of literacy prevent young people from reaching their full potential at school. Often, such challenges are detected only later on in a child’s school career, by which time low literacy has already had a negative impact on school performance in all subjects. Instilling a love of reading at an early age can put young children on the right track to perform well at school.
Naledi focuses on the development of phonic skills, teaching children to listen to the sounds of words, and associating these with letters that can then be formed into written words. The project is presently conducted in four languages (English, Sotho, Zulu and Xhosa), in five provinces (Gauteng, KZN, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and the Free State).
Naledi Graduation at Sive School for the Deaf
Grade 3 learners of Sive School for the deaf got their time to shine and celebrate their newfound literacy skills, as they graduated following the 12 week M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project. The graduation ceremony took place at Sive School for the Deaf in Cedarville on the 31 July 2012. As part of the graduation, the learners of Sive also received a fully equipped library and revamped classrooms and dormitories at the school.
This year the M-Net Naledi project was extended to learners that are disabled from Sive School for Deaf children in the Eastern Cape to participate in the M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy programme. M-Net Cares worked with the Department of Education to identify schools for the M-Net Naledi.