Imagine finding a whole new area of learning when you decide to help others learn? This is what Chartered Wealth Solutions client, Roy Irvine, discovered when he volunteered for the Link Literacy programme.
“Two hours once a week is nothing in a retiree’s life (or semi-retiree’s, in my case). The other tutors have, like me, had an excellent education and satisfying careers, and now see this as a way to encourage learning as a way for the children to have a great future,” says Roy.
How did you get involved?
After returning from some expat work (as a geologist) in West Africa, there were few opportunities for my skill set in the local mining industry, so I decided to look at what else I enjoyed, which was teaching.
I enrolled in and completed a TEFL (Teaching English, Foreign Language course). I started looking for opportunities and came across the Link Literacy program, and instead of teaching English, I ended up being part of, and now managing, one of the Numeracy classes, at the Melville branch.
Why did you get involved?
I believe that every child has the potential to be the best that they can be, and often don’t reach their true potential because of lack of adult support.
The 45 minutes twice a week that the volunteers spend with each of the children has been shown to enable them to grasp the basics of Numeracy, as well as to show them that numbers are not only important in life but can be fun.
We work with Grade 2 and Grade 3 children, and the feedback from their regular teachers has been very encouraging.
Why should others get involved?
Currently, we have 3-4 children to work with, and would love to see more volunteers to come on board, so that we could get to the one-on-one that the Literacy classes are achieving. South Africa can have many more successful numerate people and we all believe that this is really a worthwhile cause to give back to, and an opportunity to themselves learn.
There are various centers around Johannesburg, all following the same programme. If you would like to see us in action, please feel free to pop into a session – watching a bunch of non-teachers (mostly) and a class of 8 and 9 year olds is something to see! The Link Literacy programme currently operates at 15 schools across Johannesburg, including in Midrand, Parktown, Norwood, Orange Grove, Fairland, Bedfordview, Edenvale, Melville.
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