READ Education Trust


About READ Education Trust

READ’s reason for being has always been to bring change to the lives of disadvantaged children in South Africa through education. More than 38 years since the Trust’s inception, the majority of young learners are still negatively impacted by a range of social and economic inequalities. This has created a childhood of adversity for most rural (and mostly black) learners. There is inadequate access to healthcare, education, social services, and quality nutrition. This has undermined the development of these learners, resulting in significant deficits that limit educational progress.

Poor learner performance in International Literacy studies confirm the worries we all share about the state of our education.

READ believes that teacher development programmes alone, will not improve literacy results. Experts are of the opinion that South African education needs seminal research that will contribute to process-; outcomes- and impact evaluation of programmes. READ has started to pilot and implement certain innovative strategies to address some of the challenges that we are experiencing in education. These are:

  • Providing high-level accredited training to caregivers and ECD practitioners and students, ensuring that children from birth to 5-years-old receive appropriate nutrition, hygiene and educational stimulation.
  • Placing reading teachers in project schools will see to it that all learners receive appropriate reading and writing instruction at their own performance levels. Involving parents and community members are crucial to this strategy.
  • Afternoon Language Centres and Homework Centres are producing good results with learners not only doing something meaningful in the afternoons but also developing their vocabulary, speaking, reading and writing skills, which lead to improved academic performance in schools.

Read Educational Trust (“READ”) is a non-profit, public benefit organisation with a vision to create an empowered and literate society in South Africa. READ does this through successfully implementing language, literacy and capacity building interventions in education.

READ intervenes in every level of education, from the Early Childhood Development (“ECD”) stage to high school, with a variety of offerings designed to target specific problems. READ works within communities to help with after-school work, and to increase the communities’ knowledge so that they become culturally and educationally self-sustaining and self-reliant.

READ teaches the teachers and caregivers to look at every learner holistically to see whether vision, hearing, health, nutrition or other non-academic problems are proving to be a barrier to success. READ attempts to involve parents in support of their children’s scholastic success. READ’s monitoring and evaluation function measure the progress of teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the program and to act upon this information at the right time.

READ provides:

  • extensive training to READ trainers to provide them with the skills needed to train teachers;
  • accredited courses to develop early childhood development practitioners and qualified nursery school teachers;
  • extensive training of teachers, inside schools, with the aim to improve teachers’ ability to teach children; and impacting on other learning areas of numeracy, mathematics, science, technology, arts and life skills.