ITEC cel­e­brates 30-year mile­stone

Lit­er­acy cel­e­bra­tion at day care and pri­mary school toasts suc­cess

Go! & Express - - Schools - MADELEINE CHAPUT

IN CEL­E­BRA­TION of ITEC's 30 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, they held a lit­er­acy cel­e­bra­tion at Mthom­bol­wazi Day Care Cen­tre and Wil­low Park Pri­mary School last week.

Both schools have re­ceived sup­port from ITEC over the years, en­hanc­ing and im­prov­ing their lit­er­acy skills and cur­ricu­lum.

Funded by First Na­tional Bat­tery (FNB), ITEC pro­vides th­ese schools with read­ing ar­eas kit­ted out with mats, books, cush­ions and soft toys, as well as train­ing in or­der to de­velop the chil­dren's lit­er­acy skills ef­fec­tively.

“First Na­tional Bat­tery has been a reg­u­lar sup­porter of ITEC for a num­ber of years, fund­ing var­i­ous ITEC projects – from lit­er­acy to maths and science,” FNB hu­man re­source di­rec­tor Cain Mahlanu said.

Since 2012, FNB have funded the pur­chase of 26 000 books which are homed at ITEC's teach­ers’ li­brary and are cir­cu­lated among var­i­ous schools in and around East Lon­don.

“ITEC has helped us a lot over the years. I'm very happy that my school is part of their pro­gramme,” Mthom­bol­wazi Day Care Cen­tre prin­ci­pal Mil­lia Hlale­leni said.

The cel­e­bra­tion at the day­care saw teach­ers demon­strate the im­por­tance of rhymes and read­ing in their teach­ing, en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to be­come in­volved in or­der to aid the de­vel­op­ment of their chil­dren's vo­cab­u­lary and lit­er­acy skills.

“You need to talk, read and sing to your chil­dren. Your in­volve­ment will de­velop their lit­er­acy skills even fur­ther,” said ITEC's Noloy­iso Dalamba.

“The prin­ci­pal and teach­ers at Mthom­bol­wazi Day Care Cen­tre are very ded­i­cated and ac­tive with lit­er­acy de­vel­op­ment at the school. They are do­ing very well and we are proud to be work­ing with them,” Dalamba said.

Mahlanu said: “I am so im­pressed with how or­gan­ised and ef­fi­cient the school is and we are very proud, as a com­pany, to be as­so­ci­ated with ITEC and Mthom­bol­wazi Day Care Cen­tre.”

Wil­low Park Pri­mary re­ceived sim­i­lar praise as the foun­da­tion phase and se­nior pri­mary classes cel­e­brated and ac­knowl­edged the star read­ers in each grade at a spe­cial assem­bly.

The ma­jor­ity of the pupils' home lan­guage is not English. Many pupils, how­ever, have ex­celled in spite of this.

Each grade show­cased their English and Afrikaans read­ing and vo­cab­u­lary skills as ITEC and FNB mem­bers lis­tened. The assem­bly cul­mi­nated in each reader re­ceiv­ing a cer­tifi­cate and book prize.

“We need to give chil­dren a firm foun­da­tion in lit­er­acy as it will equip them with prob­lem-solv­ing and vo­cab­u­lary skills they will need later on. Both schools have done an ex­cel­lent job,” Dalamba said.

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

READ­ING MAT­TERS: Teach­ers at Mthom­bol­wazi Day Care Cen­tre show­cased the im­por­tance of read­ing sto­ries at school dur­ing ITEC’s visit last week

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