There are an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults in South Africa. The Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) initiative aims to reduce this number by offering foundational learning programmes to motivated people.
Mustadafin Foundation is giving families in the Cape Flats the gift of imagination and
confidence thanks to their adult literacy programme. Their aim is to help adults to
better their lives and become more self-reliant through reading, writing and numeracy.
My name is Anelisiwe Gaika, I am 23 years old and I am a research assistant for HIK Abalone Farm, an aquaculture company based in Hermanus in the Western Cape. I work closely with my manager to do research on the abalone that HIK farms- we want to find ways to improve the quality of our abalone and find new methods to grow the abalone quicker. I love my job - it challenges me every day and I have learnt so much.
The learner population in ABET used to consist of lliterate mature adults who never
went to school, now anyone older than 15 who is not enrolled in formal schooling can
complete their education through ABET. How is this trend impacting the system?
Inmates in the South African Correctional Services? system will recevie literacy
training following an announcement by the Minister of Correctional Services to
implement training for those offenders who do not have an educational qualification
equal to Grade 9 or AET level 4.
The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has started management training for contractors in the Working on Wetlands programme in Gauteng,Limpopo and the North West. To date they have only had first aid and fire training. This programme provides them with marketing and financial skills. Read further details of the project ...
It's never to late to learn. That's the message from a Limpopo Department of Agriculture employee. The department has embarked on a drive to encourage all its illiterate employees, most of whom are general workers such cleaners, gardeners and tea makers, to learn how to read.
Without literacy the fundamental Constitutional rights of freedom and human dignity have little meaning; section 29(1)(a) provides the right to adult basic education and training. The literacy programme Kha ri Gude gives effect to this right, and these success stories are examples of the life-changing power of literacy.
Adult basic education and training or ABET has many challenges. Facilitators often have to encourage ABET learners and make them aware of the benefits of this form of learning. In this feature, ABET professionals, offer some good advice on motivating adult learners.
Adult education specialists Media Works? founder and managing director Jackie Carroll has been recognised as this year?s Top Woman Entrepreneur. Carroll, who started the business in her garage 14 years ago, received her award at the annual Top Women Awards ceremony.
Over 600 000 South Africans, who could not previously read and write will be literate and numerate by the end of this year, through the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign. The campaign enables adult learners, at no cost to themselves, to read, write and calculate in their mother tongue and also to learn spoken English.
For most of her life Rose Ndzimande was one of the estimated 2.7 million illiterate adults in South Africa. This changed when in 2006 her employer, Albany Bakery in Germiston, announced the introduction of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) for all interested employees.
The reduced production times in many manufacturing companies is making it harder for managers to release employees for training. Media Works and manufacturing Seta, Merseta, are working together to find solutions to ensure that skills development and training can continue to thrive.
THETA and Media Works took a strategic decision in conjunction with Emperor's Palace to offer ABET training to all employees, permenet and contract. This has proved to be huge success as well as being popular.
Media Works and Wits School of Adult Education have together launched Sign Adult Basic Education and Training materials, enabling deaf learners to work towards qualifying for the equivalent of Grade 9 and gaining decent employment.
Learn to Lead Training is offering ABET Facilitator's training in Randburg in October. This is an excellent oppurtunity to learn to facilitate English Literacy skills with emphasis on Communication and Numeracy.
By reaching out to a group of the visually impaired, the National Credit Regulator is empowering and educating the blind on issues of credit. "This knowledge couldn?t have come at a better time', commented Chris Budeli of the National Council for the Blind.
On completing the two-year challenge of translating all its documents into SA's 11 offical languages, Media Works - a company offering training in multimedia education development - is taking on a new challenge: one that involves mother tongues and the deaf and blind.
Re Tlameleng, a school for death and blind children, has opened its doors to facilitators of a different type. "If we want to assist the deaf and blind to access the job market, we have to set the example by providing job-opportunities within this centre," comments Johan Claassen, Executive of Lime Operations - sponsors of the school.