ABOUT THE LINK
Linking Community & Literacy + Numeracy
The Link is a Non Profit Organisation which supports the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language, and who attend low income schools in Johannesburg. The organisation was founded in 2010 by Margi Bashall, a teacher, who was inspired by The Shine Centre. It is managed and staffed by volunteers – members of the community who are committed to making a difference in education and who enjoy working with children. Our volunteers do not need to have any teaching experience but they are required to be fluent in English as this is a second or third language for many of the children we assist. We provide basic training and all the resources required.
The Link is recognised by the Gauteng Educational authorities, and has permission to operate during school hours and work with children in Grade 2 and Grade 3, who are identified by valid testing to be at risk of not achieving their potential. Teachers, at all our partner schools, are supportive of our efforts and are consulted regularly.
We currently have 19 Link centres operating at schools in and around Johannesburg, and through our network we are reaching more than 1100 children every week.
We have over 600 committed and signed up volunteers. We would love to expand the schools that we partner with but this is dependent on volunteers and funding.
Our programme provides a structured, safe environment for both the learners and the volunteers