Reading for life · Business Trust's role

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  Lehlohonolo Seabeia, Grade 12 pupil  
  When Lehlohonolo was in primary school he was one of the 875,000 pupils enrolled in the Business Trust's Learning for Living project. The project set out to improve the reading and writing ability of primary school learners in close to 1,000 schools across the country by providing high quality reading material and systematic teacher training.

Learners showed a fourfold improvement in reading and a tenfold improvement in writing ability. This was done at a cost of R69 per learner per year. The Learning for Living project was a partnership between the Business Trust and the Department of Education.
Name The Learning for Living Project
Strategic Partner Department of Education
Period 1999 - 2004
Budget R 154 million (BT Funding)
Purpose The primary school Learning for Living Project set out to improve the reading and writing ability of one million learners in 957 rural and township primary schools in all nine provinces. It aimed to show that significant improvements in reading and writing ability could be produced at a scale, at an affordable cost, and that savings could be made by reducing the numbers of learners who have to repeat each year
Schools equipped 896
Teachers trained 13 164
Learners reading and writing improved 875 000
Repetitions reduced 30%
Reading improvement Fourfold
Writing improvement Tenfold
  To learn more about the Business Trust’s Learning for Living project, click here
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