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For those of you who don't know her, we are pleased to introduce our newly appointed Literacy Co-ordinator Maggie Fussell Margaret Fussell. Maggie has volunteered at our H A Jack centre for a number of years. She’s a qualified remedial teacher and has also done some teacher training for the British Council. She is also passionate about education and we are truly fortunate that she will be part of the team. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Link has been given this framed, player signed Mamelodi Sundowns shirt (2019 team that won the PSL). If you would like a chance to enter the raffle to win this amazing prize, please let us know either in the comments below, or as a private message or at info@thelinkliteracyproject.co.za. Tickets are R50. Frame size 91cm wide x 98cm high. Please forward on to any friends who you think might be interested. www.thelinkliteracyproject.co.za ... See MoreSee Less

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As we are still not able to continue with physical teaching, we feel it is important to continue to provide support in the form of digital resources. In some of the larger schools, children are only at school for one in every three weeks. Support is definitely still needed! This latest resource exposes children to frequently used words and gives them the opportunity to practice blending sounds into words. The resources are being sent out via WhatsApp and are also available for teachers to use in the classroom. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our latest online resource mimics the teaching process that would be used by Link volunteers if they were teaching face to face using The Link's Simple Sound cards. The lessons are aimed at pre-readers or beginner readers who need to cement foundation skills. Digital resources are being shared with our partner schools on an ongoing basis, and where possible, they are being sent out to children. We have also made the decision to extend the use of our resources to other children in need who are not part of our usual partner schools. For more information, contact us at info@thelinkliteracyproject.co.za ... See MoreSee Less

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On Mandela Day, The Link was very fortunate to be given a large number of bottles of hand sanitiser. Here, Dr Wilfred Bock, the Executive Head of Curro Waterfall Independent School, is handing over the sanitisers to Megan Maynard. These are being distributed to some of our needy schools. We are most grateful for this generous gesture. ... See MoreSee Less

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This week we will be sending out the last two of our vocabulary building resource drives to our partner schools. Here is an example of what is covered. We hope the teachers and learners will find these resources useful in supporting their efforts to continue education during these difficult times. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are continuing our efforts to provide relevant, low data resources that can be used at home. This week we launched the first in our series of visual and corresponding audio clips that aim to build vocabulary and reinforce knowledge of letter sounds. Access the google drive (use Google rather than Facebook browser to do so), and share the resource via WhatsApp. drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kp_Wa0846GCd4JflsoO5hZ0twR_tkmIV?usp=sharing ... See MoreSee Less

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Our volunteers have recorded some lovely stories for young learners. They have been designed to be sent and viewed via WhatsApp and have been produced in such a way that they use minimal data. Each story has a set of images to assist with comprehension. You are free to access the stories and images off the Google drive below and download or forward them on to learners. When sending via WhatsApp, instruct the end user to first put the audio playing and then open the image. This way, the child can view the image whilst looking at the picture. Hint, open the link in Google Chrome and not Facebooks browser. Our thanks to africanstorybook.com for allowing us to use their stories.
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Whilst we are unable to currently do what we normally do, we continue to offer help to our partner schools in whatever way we can. The Link has approached a number of psychologists and counselling services. We are able to facilitate pro bono assistance for any teacher or management at our partner schools who may be battling with the current situation. Thank you to all the service providers who have offered their time. ... See MoreSee Less

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As children start to return to school, we would like to acknowledge and thank all school management, teachers, cleaning and other support staff for all they are doing to support and facilitate the continued education of children. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Link has a centre at Sparrow in Melville. It is so encouraging to see the hard work they have put into preparing the school for the return of the grade 7 learners. Well done Sparrow Schools Educational Trust! ... See MoreSee Less

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We recently updated the results section on our web site. Thank you to everyone for the part you played in achieving these results last year. We are looking forward to being able to getting back to teaching (whenever that might be!), and to making a difference in children's lives. www.thelinkliteracyproject.co.za ... See MoreSee Less

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One of our Link schools Salvazione Christian School is raising money trough an art raffle. Funds raised will go towards food parcels for the vulnerable and needy children of the school who have been hugely impacted by the closure of the school's feeding scheme during lockdown. Please consider supporting them. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Link Centre at Fordsburg continues to help the community in and around Fordsburg Primary. They have formed an organization called Linking Hearts and have this last week handed out 200 food parcels and 400 masks to families of the school. Thank you for the kindness you show to others. ... See MoreSee Less

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Part 2 in our "Why We Volunteer" series. Thanks Nelisiwe for your contribution to The Link. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy World Book Day! ... See MoreSee Less

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We may not be able to teach The Link children at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't make a difference.
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