Rooting Literacy in Families: Family Literacy Approaches in South Africa

By Elda Lyster, Snoeks Desmond, Lucy Renee Thornton, Juliana Thornton and Zimbili Dlamini.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Dr Elda Lyster will introduce the range of approaches currently implemented in South Africa to help develop literacy within families. Snoeks Desmond M.Ed. (Adult Education) will describe the work done in the Family Literacy Project to support parents who in turn support the literacy development of their children. Examples will be given on how reading and writing have become part of the life of rural communities and encouraged the establishment of community libraries, children's reading groups and adult book clubs. Zimbili Dlamini (Higher Diploma in ABET) will present stories of how rural families have adopted and adapted the family literacy approach. Lucy Thornton M.Ed. (Foreign Language Teaching) will present case studies of how family literacy is being done with caregivers/parents and their children in different situations, for example through preschools, playgroups and drop-in centres for orphaned and/or vulnerable children.

Keywords: Family Literacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.39-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.020MB).

Dr. Elda Lyster

Deputy Head of School, School of Adult and Higher Education, University of KwaZulu- Natal, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Snoeks Desmond

Director, Family Literacy Project, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Ms Snoeks Desmond, Director of Family Literacy Project, speciality early childhood education and adult education.

Lucy Renee Thornton

Head of Education and Development, Woz’obona Early Childhood Community Service Group, South Africa

Juliana Thornton

Research Manager, N.O.A.H. (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), South Africa

Zimbili Dlamini

Family Literacy Facilitator, Family Literacy Project, South Africa


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