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Ulwazi Lwethu

Ulwazi Lwethu

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. Through an extensive professional development outreach initiative, Molteno invited aspiring writers to develop original stories in the home languages of isiNdebele, isiZulu, Siswati, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga. Forty stories were selected, illustrated and then versioned into each of the other four languages. In addition, Room to Read and NMI supplied another 32 original stories for versioning into these five languages. In total, Molteno will produce 360 Foundation Phase graded readers. The professional development component of the project also includes publishing the artwork of eight aspiring illustrators.