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The Family Literacy Project

The Family Literacy Project (FLP) has been working in deep rural areas of the southern Drakensberg since 2000, and currently works in 15 villages there. The Project supports four community libraries, which are open every day, and runs holiday programmes for children in these remote villages. It also facilitates a home-visiting programme to promote child and maternal health and early childhood development.

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The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture Provincial Library Services

The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation renders library and archive services in the province in partnership with municipalities. Through these services, the Department aims to inculcate a culture of reading, critical thinking and lifelong learning in all Gauteng communities. The community libraries focus on programmes that enhance social cohesion and thereby contribute to the communities’ socio-economic development. They provide strong educational support to learners and students in terms of resources, study space and literacy assistance.


Philani is a community-based non-governmental organisation committed to promoting family health, focusing on the support of pregnant mothers, the prevention of child malnutrition and the rehabilitation of underweight children. Philani also strives to limit the suffering of families infected and affected by HIV and prevent the spread of the virus.

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The National Association of Child Care Workers

The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides the professional training and infrastructure to promote healthy child and youth development, and to improve standards of care and treatment for orphaned, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in family, community and residential group care settings.

Project Read Grahamstown

Project Read Grahamstown is an initiative that facilitates the promotion and implementation of literacy projects in Grahamstown. An example of this is the Volunteer Programme, which supports Foundation Phase children in four sites through utilising the Wordworks and Shine methodologies developed in Cape Town.

Tembaletu Trust

The Tembaletu Trust started its first project – the Tembaletu Community Education Centre – in 1989. The TCEC works in communities across KwaZulu-Natal, offering adults, youth and children accessible and appropriate education and training opportunities. This education and training is aimed particularly at meeting the needs of those who, for historical and socio-economic reasons, remain economically and educationally disadvantaged.

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University of the Free State

With its Main Campus in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa, the University of the Free State (UFS) is one of the oldest South African institutions of higher learning. The two other campuses are the vibrant Qwaqwa Campus in the eastern Free State and the smaller South Campus in Bloemfontein. UFS is a multicultural, parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans) institution whose history is intertwined with that of the Free State and South Africa and, to a growing extent, with Africa and the rest of the world.

Harare Library

The Harare Library in Khayelitsha was built through a partnership between the City of Cape Town Library and Information Service, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG), the German Development Bank, the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) and provincial grant funding.

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Etafeni has developed a model of a community-built, community-staffed centre serving vulnerable children and their caregivers in Nyanga, near Cape Town. Basing its practices on attachment theory, Etafeni works with HIV-positive or otherwise vulnerable mothers and grandmothers in the Women’s Wellness and Skills Development Programme and offers preschool and after-school care to vulnerable children.

General Motors South Africa Foundation

The General Motors South Africa Foundation pioneers and pilots initiatives aimed at improving education in disadvantaged schools. The Building Solid Foundations Initiative was developed to ensure that children in Foundation Phase develop solid literacy and numeracy foundations. The initiative focuses on improving literacy through teacher development and training. Teachers attend workshops and facilitators visit them in their classrooms to assist with implementation and to offer mentoring and support.