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Mrs A Motshekga - Minister of Basic Education        Department of Basic Education Logo        Mr E Surty - Deputy Minister of Basic Education

 

What is the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign?

The Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign was launched in February 2008, with the intention of enabling 4,7 million adults above the age of 15 years to become literate and numerate in one of the eleven official languages. Achieving this goal will enable South Africa to reach its UN: Education For All commitment made at Dakar in 2000 - that of halving the country’s illiteracy rates by 2015. Initiated and managed by the Department of Education, Kha Ri Gude delivers across all nine provinces in a massive logistical outreach. The Campaign enables adult learners to read, write and calculate in their mother tongue in line with the Unit Standards for ABET level 1, and also to learn spoken English. The specifically designed Campaign materials teach reading, writing and numeracy and integrates themes and lifeskills such as health, gender, the environment and civic education. These materials have been adapted for use in Braille in eleven languages, and for use by the deaf.

What about vulnerable groups?

The Campaign makes specific efforts to target vulnerable groups. Currently 80% of the learners are women, 8% are disabled and 25% are youth, and 20% are above the age of 60. Kha Ri Gude provides blind learners with a range of assistive devices including braillette boards and Perkins Braillers for use in class. Learner packs for the blind include a full set of materials in Braille and a talking calculator. The large scale printing of Braille materials is made possible by Kha Ri Gude owning one of the two high bulk printers available in South Africa.

What does it cost and where are classes held?

Kha Ri Gude is available at no cost to adults who have little or no education. Learners are required to commit themselves to attending classes for 240 hours. To ensure that learners fulfil this commitment, classes and are held in communities, at times which are convenient to the learners, and take place in homes, churches, community centres prisons etc.  These learning groups play a significant role in community social cohesion. By the end of 2009, South Africa will have achieved an additional 1 million newly literate people.

What are the other benefits?

The Campaign is not only changing the lives of illiterate adults. Because the Campaign relies on a cadre of volunteers to do the teaching, it plays a significant role in the alleviation of poverty – providing volunteers in the poorest communities with a small income. Of Kha Ri Gude’s R430 million allocation in 2009/10, 75% (or R325 million) was paid out in the form of stipends to volunteers between June and November 2009. A similar amount will be paid out in stipends in the 2010/11 financial year.

What is the role of the volunteers?

The volunteers are central to the Campaign and contribute not only to the teaching and learning process but also to ensuring advocacy, recruitment, monitoring, and ensuring that the Campaign is a vibrant part of communities. Methods of communication differ from the usual methods and include: Word of mouth through meetings with women’s groups, the youth, taxi organisations, trades unions, traditional leadership, traditional healers, door-to-door visits. Announcements in church, at funerals, at Imbizos, taxi ranks, society meetings. Interviews and announcements on local and community radio, community newspapers. The display of posters, distribution of pamphlets, adverts on notice boards and even loud hailing.

During the 2008/09 and 2009/20 financial years, the Campaign enabled close on one million learners to become literate and has created approximately 75 000 short term facilitation jobs. By drawing on the participation of a range of stakeholders, the Campaign is evidence that “together we can make a difference”.

The following table provides a breakdown of all Campaign participants in the 2009/10 financial year. Thereafter, the chart illustrates the growth of the Campaign by province over the 2008/09 and 2009/10 financial years.

 

TABLE 1: BREAKDOWN OF CAMPAIGN PARTICPANTS FOR 2009 BY PROVINCE

Province     

Coordinators

Supervisors

Educators

Blind Asst

Learners

EC

45

839

8 392

19

142 671

FS

 16

300 

299 

50 984 

GP

25 

445 

4 452 

11 

75 678 

KZ

42 

785 

7 852 

24 

133 486 

MP

 17

329 

3 292 

12 

55 971 

NC

45 

450 

7 654 

LP

31 

539 

6 108 

12 

103 829 

NW

11 

176 

1 894 

10 

32 193 

WC

91 

657 

11 173 

Total

195

3 604

36 096

88

613 637

 

 

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 Mr B Soobryan - Director General of Basic EducationDr Morongwa Ramarumo - Kha Ri Gude CEO

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