The power of literacy lies in the enhanced capacity of people to make informed, rational and effective life choices. Research shows that literate people have a higher possibility of improved living standards; this means better self-esteem, better health, better job opportunities, higher wages and higher rates of success in achieving a comfortable standard of living for themselves and their families. It is evident that this has positive spin-offs for both community and country.
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Building on the success of the Vula Bula graded reader series, Molteno has partnered with the Zenex Foundation, Room to Read and the Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) to develop additional graded readers for the Foundation Phase. The same approach and methodology used in Vula Bula have been adopted to develop decodable texts for Grade 1 and 2 learners, with more complex texts developed for Grade 3 learners.
Molteno’s Vula Bula is endorsed by both the DBE and the NECT as South Africa’s leading Foundation Phase graded reading series. With its adherence to the unique respective phonic features of each African language orthography, each series offer a carefully structured sequence of authentic decodable texts for Grade 1 and Grade 2 learners to master foundational reading skills and strategies in their home language. The Grade 3 series build on these skills and ensure comprehension through more complex texts and CAPS-aligned after reading questions, language and writing activities.
Breakthrough to Literacy is a comprehensive mother-tongue literacy programme for the first three years of schooling that incorporates learner-centred and language experience approaches. This combined method utilises the aural and oral language skills the child brings into the classroom from home as the basis for learning to read and write. In 2019, Molteno reviewed and revised the BTL Grade 1 programme in seven African languages: Sepedi, Tshivenḓa, Xitsonga, Setswana, isiNdebele, isiZulu and isiXhosa.