Boosting Local Literacy
Societe Generale Securities Services actively supports charities around the world and in 2011 became aware of Penny Metcalf's “Face Clues Project”. Penny invented a method of teaching Zulu to a profoundly hard of hearing child; and then adapted the programme which can be taught in various languages, these include English, French, Afrikaans and several other African languages. SGSS’ teams in South Africa agreed to help sponsor Penny with her work in tackling South Africa’s severe literacy crisis, Penny’s vision is to train 20 teachers in the method over the next five years where after the impact of this programme will be felt by 124,800 learners.
This sponsorship is being used to train nine teachers from HA Jack Primary School and the pupils who have benefited from this methodology already read better than their counterparts elsewhere. The University of the Witwatersrand has since asked Penny to fulfil a doctorate programme so as to enhance the chances of this programme being taken up by the South African Education Department and introduced in all schools around South Africa.
This sponsorship initiative recently earned recognition this past fall with the Custody Risk Corporate Social Responsibility award in a European Awards ceremony in London.
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