Rally to Read has been making inroads over the last two decades by actively furthering literacy in rural South Africa.
Rally to Read delivers educational materials and provides teacher training to carefully chosen rural schools. These are schools that frequently ‘fall through the cracks’ of already-stretched provincial education budgets. In these schools, things the rest of us take for granted … books, pens, desks … are absent. Imagine how hard it is for educators to inspire, educate and promote literacy without the basics?
Responsible businesses and concerned citizens contribute to the Rally to Read budget every year. This money pays for stationery, books, portable classroom libraries, and teacher training. The Rally to Read Programme schools get visits three years in a row. Educationalists believe this is the minimum period required to achieve sustainable results.
Over the past 20 years, independent studies have shown remarkable improvements in reading and writing skills at Rally to Read schools.
READ Educational Trust, who has managed the programme from the outset, carefully monitor educator training and school progress. Provincial education departments wholeheartedly endorse Rally to Read, as does our Government at national level. One of our great supporters is President Cyril Ramaphosa, who said, “Rally to Read is an extraordinary story of caring, collaboration and hope.”
What makes this concept unique is that sponsors personally distribute the materials they buy. At no extra cost, they accompany their colleagues or families over a weekend, in a convoy to rural South Africa. They meet the children and educators whose lives they’re enriching…. Along with eager parents and community leaders.
2018 will see four rallies, with even more planned for years to come. The four provinces targeted in this year’s activities, are KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Generally, we load the resources on the Saturday morning before the convoys split into teams, each of which visits two schools. Teams meet up later to talk about the day’s activities. Event sponsors stay a night in a nearby hotel and participate in an excursion before heading home.
When is Rally to Read:
Free State rally : 8 – 9 September
KwaZulu-Natal rally : 20 October
Western Cape rally : 27 – 28 October
Eastern Cape rally : 3 – 4 November
Sponsorship amounts to R35,000. Hosts and organisers cover food and accommodation costs for the rally weekend. Off-road vehicles are available for hire at special rates.
Why not get involved in the Rally with a difference? Make inroads to places where literacy will make a lifetime of difference. For more details, visit the Rally to Read website.