Mandela Day Campaign 2023

In the spirit of celebrating Mandela Month, Starting Chance aims to meaningfully make a
contribution to overcoming the terrible statistics about children not being able to read for
meaning, through literacy & language workshops for their parents and teachers.

Building Blocks for Literacy

Educating all of our
children must be one of our
most urgent priorities. We
all know that education,
more than anything else,
improves your chances of
building better lives.
– Nelson Mandela

Why is this important?

The 2021 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows more than four out of our five South African Grade 4s (81 %) are unable to read for meaning. It is up to each one of us to try and change that.
Starting Chance is committed to ensuring we provide practical support to teachers and parents to reverse this trend.

What are we doing about it?

To address this challenge, Starting Chance will run work-shops where we will help parents and teachers to boost language and literacy skills. We are also putting together 180 “Building Blocks for Literacy Kits” comprising educational games, books and puzzles which will be distributed to schools and parents to help build literacy skills with the children.
We also hope to provide each of the 1 670 children attending ECDs in our programme at least one book to take home.

Join us to make a difference!

R67 will supply a book or education game to a child

R670 will pay for a “Building Blocks for Literacy” Kit

R6,700 will pay the costs of a workshop for 100 parents or teachers