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ILIVE in a small ru­ral com­mu­nity called Salt Lake in the North­ern Cape. Over the past nine months I’ve had the priv­i­lege of teach­ing three adult women to read for the first time in their lives. They’re all over 50 and never had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend school, but this hasn’t de­terred them from do­ing some­thing they’ve al­ways dreamt of do­ing.

Thanks to a won­der­ful adult lit­er­acy pro­gramme called Literati, which makes learn­ing to read fun and rel­e­vant for adults, our twice-weekly two-hour lessons are filled with lots of laugh­ter, fun and achieve­ment. I’m so en­cour­aged by their un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to at­tend­ing lessons. One lady even walks 6km to at­tend!

At the start of our lessons we of­ten made use of YOU to recog­nise and prac­tise the sounds of the dif­fer­ent al­pha­bets. From not be­ing able to sound a sin­gle let­ter, they’re now read­ing their first sen­tences! LINDA DUGMORE, EMAIL

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