Literacy Clubs

 
Unako’s Literacy Club programme has been successfully running since 2012, started off with one high school. Unako has refined the programme for the coming 3 years, based on its extensive experience.
 
The Literacy Clubs programme aims to:
Drive a revival of a reading culture in schools 
Popularise reading in schools & home 
Establish partnerships to source reading materials in English and IsiXhosa 
Make learning exciting and enjoyable
Foster critical thinking, creative thinking and a questioning mind-set. 
 
A literacy club is space for learners to practise and develop their reading while also harnessing their language skills. It is a relaxed, fun and participative environment where learners are at the centre. Learning happens in a collaborative reflective open-ended manner where learners co-construct lesson plans with the facilitators.  
 
Literacy clubs use code switching between English and IsiXhosa to enrich comprehension and knowledge acquisition. There is an insistence on ensuring sufficient and relevant content is available in both languages. 
 
The Literacy Club programme will:
Create an alternative space to the normal classroom whose pedagogy will infuse learning with elements of dialogue and play in the form of public speaking, debating and role playing.
Create reliable social relationships to support the learner as a way of supplementing the role occupied by a parent in the ideal conditions. This will comprise of volunteer facilitators who will act as tutor-mentors to the learners. 
Continuously search, identify and source different kinds of books such as novels, magazines & comic books in both isiXhosa and English. Books will have to be relevant to the learners in terms of age, grade, skill and interests. We will also be advocating for the production of these materials by engaging publishers and creative communities. 
Foster and strengthen school and parental relationships by engaging both school (teachers, HODS, principals) and parents in the monitoring and evaluation of the intervention’s progress.
 
The program will run in primary schools and high schools. Unako has identified three high schools and five primary schools. Unako has chosen to adopt the feeder schools of participating high schools with its sights on tracking impact in a longitudinal manner.