Who: Who are we? Who are you helping?My sister & I have always been exposed, as Pastors daughters to a community of not just spiritual but developmental and social needs. Through the work of the church we were engaged in every aspect of our community and it produced a love and compassion in our hear... Read More
Who: Who are we? Who are you helping?
My sister & I have always been exposed, as Pastors daughters to a community of not just spiritual but developmental and social needs. Through the work of the church we were engaged in every aspect of our community and it produced a love and compassion in our hearts for different people and particularly the marginalised, broken, failing and socially cast away.
What: What is the problem we're trying to solve?
Learning difficulties are on the rise, and public schools, being overwhelmed, are failing dismally at solving the problem, often banishing struggling children to the 'slow' class or coercing parents to medicate them or dispatching them off to remedial schools.
We want to buy into an established education intervention business that has an extraordinaryly high success rate in improving learning and reading difficulties such as dyslexia and dysgraphia and ADH
This clinic, with over 30 years experience uses specialised cognitive training in reading, spelling, comprehension and maths.
Specifically aimed at children from grades 2-7.
These funds will help us secure the business rights, specialised software, equipment, initial start up costs and 6 months of operational costs.
Where: Where is this issue happening? Where will this fundraising campaign take us?
We are based in the Durban South basin, covering many previously disadvantaged communities.
This intervention will enable us to make a profound difference in the life of every child that is struggling with learning and feels they can't make it. We want to restore hope to the child and the parent.
When: When did the issue begin, and when will it end?
My sisters 8year old son drags his feet at the thought of going to school. He is very bright, good at maths, plays several sports, very active but struggles with reading. His mum caught this early and by the third grade, via online assessment diagnosed dyslexia. Through the online tutoring, although not consistently used, has made much improvement. She also utilises multi sensory and innovative ways to teach and engage him in learning.
Why: Why does this cause matter to us
South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study which tested reading comprehension of learners in their fourth year of primary schooling. The study found that 78% of South African pupils at this level could not read for meaning. Calling it a crisis is an understatement.
This is important to us because if we can correct the issues at the foundations, then we have a higher chance of producing the desired results for a decent life. Whereas a child typically struggling with learning and reading is much more likely to become disengaged and more likely to eventually drop out. Without an education, gainful employment is slim to none, and more often than not, crime becomes the solution. And so the cycle continues.
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Ms Pretorius completed a BA in Politics and International Relations in 2005 and a MM-Public Policy 2010 all from Wits University currently reading for PhD Educational Psychology from University of KwaZulu Natal Shes worked across the private public and NGO sector over the past 15 years In 2006 she was the only South African awarded Mickey Leland Texas Legislative Internship Program for 6 months in Texas USA Again in 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship in Participatory Planning ME by the Netherlands governmen
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