Primary school education
Supporting mathematics and literacy in primary schools
Liberty CSI partners with the Future Thinking Foundation promoting the use of educational material in schools that improve scores in mathematics and languages. The learning material Learn Like Lerato is created for Grades R – 7 learners.
Each of the 20 primary schools in the programme receives a comprehensive set of resources designed to support teachers working in the General Education and Training (GET) band of education, as well as for parents who want to make the most of their child's early development at home. The programmes are designed by South African teachers and are aligned to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). The series is currently available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Northern Sotho.
Learn Like Lerato appears in The Daily News weekly publication and contains activities for learners from Grades R – 7, covering both mathematics and language. Activities can also be accessed and downloaded from the Learn Like Lerato website.
The learning experiences are grounded in sound educational practice and reflect a child-centred approach to education. The main aim is to empower teachers, whilst engaging and inspiring learners.
A study conducted by the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Social Development in Africa in 2014 reported a 10% improvement for numeracy and 7% improvement for literacy (isiZulu) across Grades R – 7. Teachers expressed an overall positive view of the material and indicated that they had noticed other areas of improvement in the learners.
"The learners are learning faster as a result of the programme. I think with training and with practice we can get good marks. We have charts on the walls that assist the learners. The learners use the Learn Like Lerato workbooks in class and also for homework" (Educator).
Learners are also excited to be able to use the material in class and feel that they benefit from the material.
'I like Lerato because her books make learning isiZulu and mathematics very easy. It makes our minds function well and helps me count in 2's and 4's easier.' (Grade 3 learner).
'I'm gratefull for Lerato. It helps my brain and helps me to pass so that when I grow up I can work for myself.' (Grade 3 learner).