It’s no secret that I strongly believe that Early Childhood Education\Intermediate Education is key to creating enthusiastic lifelong learning and that I also appreciate strong women who get things done, get things done in their field of work and at home because those are the same women who help build better communities. Other than being Mothers and Career Women, we are also Teachers to our kids from the time they are born. We help guide them trough life. The power of learning is limitless, just like a child’s potential in life. This is why I appreciate women like those who volunteer at The Link.
Margi Bashall is the founder of The Link Literacy Project. It all started in 2010 as a Teacher herself, her aim was to support the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language, and who attend low-income schools in Johannesburg. It is managed and staffed by volunteer members of the community who are committed to making a difference in education and who enjoy working with children. The 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 they assist. To volunteer, one needs to commit to 2-hours a week. All training and resources will be provided.
The Link Literacy Project is recognized by the Gauteng Educational authorities and has the permission to operate during school hours. The volunteers 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 their partner schools, are supportive of their efforts and are consulted regularly.
How I wish we had this kind of an organization when I was growing up, this would have helped me to do even greater things in life. The rewards to taking part to something like this just keep coming as you see the kids get better at reading and be more comfortable with numbers- just think about these kids in a couple of years from now. Should you want to make a change in the future of Johannesburg- South Africa and you have the passion for Education and enjoy kids, this is the organization for you. Let’s encourage each other to make changes by giving time, and donations to this great organization. The Link Literacy Project website has more info on the centers and how to get involved.
TB: The 8-year-old me is asking for your time to help her with reading and numbers
Love of education- for reading, learning, discovery, nature- takes root at an early age!
How important do you think this organization is?