Welcome to Penreach

Penreach is an NGO and a social impact organisation working towards educational excellence in disadvantaged rural communities in Mpumalanga. Penreach was established in 1991 to provide access to quality education and is known for its local knowledge and expertise on grassroot level.

We reach more than 500 000 beneficiaries each year with Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy, Math & Science and Leadership projects in the Ehlanzeni district. This includes 130 ECD centres, 97 schools, 125 communities and the classrooms of 1200 teachers.

Through innovative coaching, mentoring and training we build the capacity of leaders and educators to deliver quality education to children from 0 years to grade 12. We work closely with caregivers, parents, learners, children and other stakeholders such as the Department of Education, and Department of Social Services and NGOs in the education space to achieve our goals. 

If there is perhaps something that should keep us up at night, as a nation, this is that 58% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa cannot read for meaning, while 29% are considered illiterate. The effects of this crisis will continue to be felt for decades to come. It is a crisis in education that continues to perpetuate inequality and poverty. 

Welcome to Penreach

Penreach is an NGO and a social impact organisation working towards educational excellence in disadvantaged rural communities in Mpumalanga. Penreach was established in 1991 to provide access to quality education and is known for its local knowledge and expertise on grassroot level.

We reach more than 500 000 beneficiaries each year with Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy, Math & Science and Leadership projects in the Ehlanzeni district. This includes 130 ECD centres, 97 schools, 125 communities and the classrooms of 1200 teachers.

Through innovative coaching, mentoring and training we build the capacity of leaders and educators to deliver quality education to children from 0 years to grade 12. We work closely with caregivers, parents, learners, children and other stakeholders such as the Department of Education, and Department of Social Services and NGOs in the education space to achieve our goals. 

Penreach Programmes

ECD & Supportive Systems and Quality Schooling

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

In order for the children to thrive, the teacher has to create the correct learning environment for them.

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LITERACY &
NUMERACY

58% of the Grade 4 students do not comprehend what they are reading in the English language. 29% of children this age are illiterate.

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MATHS &
SCIENCE

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has increased, the quality has improved.

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SCHOOL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The behaviours that have the biggest impact on assessment performance, are the management disciplines of the school

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SPECIAL
PROJECTS

Includes our artreach programme, sportreach programme, bursaries and skills development for educators and children.

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TOTAL BENEFICIARIES

The impact we’ve made

If there is perhaps something that should keep us up at night, as a nation, this is that 58% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa cannot read for meaning, while 29% are considered illiterate. The effects of this crisis will continue to be felt for decades to come. It is a crisis in education that continues to perpetuate inequality and poverty. 

We invite you to experience how Penreach cares and to become part of the change by taking hands in this plight.

ECD 80% increase in number of ECD Centres registered with DSD

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English Literacy 76% grade 3 learners achieving above 50%

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Maths and Science 20% increase in foundational knowledge grade 4-7

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Penreach Stories

VIDEO OF THE MONTH

UPCOMING EVENTS 2021

On-site TDW Registration Day: Saturday 27 February 2021

Off-site TDW Registration: 10 -12 March 2021

TDW Workshop #1: 29 May 2021

TDW Workshop #2: 12 June 2021

TDW Workshop #3: 28 August 2021

TDW Workshop #4: 18 September 2021

TDW Workshop #5: 16 October 2021

Contact penreach@penreach.co.za for information about events.

This was a fun project for us, working with the lovely @rogerfedererfdn. We learned all about making great playgrounds for children 🙂

Building on @penreach's fabulous material, we produced website, booklet and app versions used in community programmes in southern Africa. https://twitter.com/arthurattwell/status/1439923384272527365

Arthur Attwell@arthurattwell

@mrcraigharding The good folk at @penreach have done a lot of work in this area, and developed https://natural-playgrounds-toolkit.ready4school.info/ as a whole community-training resource. Maybe some ideas in there?

@mrcraigharding The good folk at @penreach have done a lot of work in this area, and developed https://natural-playgrounds-toolkit.ready4school.info/ as a whole community-training resource. Maybe some ideas in there?

Help us reach our target, by supporting the Penreach STEAM Campaign, on the http://Different.org platform.
#steameducation #penreachshalamukasteamcentre
#steamforkids #robotics #virtualreality #codingforkids

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