Read to rise

Read to Rise is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in South Africa’s under-resourced communities. As the name indicates, we firmly believe that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society.

Children who love reading excel at school and go on to become constructive members of society. It all starts with reading.

We aim to address the troubling reality that young children in our communities are not reading as much as they require for their educational development.

Children in the foundational phase should be reading around 40 books per year; in our under-resourced communities children are reading only 1 to 2 books per year.

We visit classes with adult volunteers and have an interactive session with the children. Then we give each learner their own book to read and take home.

We also place a Mini-Library with 50 new story books in every classroom. Our programme has been endorsed by the Department of Basic Education. To date, we have visited over 350 classes and given out over 28,000 new books.

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First name: Taryn
Last name: Lock
Email address:
Telephone: 082 828 6346

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