Asifundze Literacy & Numeracy 

Penreach Asifundze Programme currently reaching

Children at reading Camps

Foundation Phase teachers

Children in Foundation Phase

Community Volunteers

The impact of the Penreach Asifundze programme

The impact of the Penreach Asifundze programme

The Foundation Phase learners in the
programme, scored an average of:

  • 77.2% learners in grade 3 achieved above 50% in Home & English Language in 2019 77.2% 77.2%
  • 80% of Grade 3’S in the Asifundze programme scored, above 50% in numeracy skills at the end of 2019 80% 80%

Penreach Asifundze Projects in Mpumalanga

School-based Literacy & Numeracy

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

Penreach Asifundze addresses the challenges related to literacy and numeracy education. This is done for the Grade R to the Grade 3 students.

 Teachers are key players for the development of literacy and numeracy skills. They receive not only training, but coaching support too. Furthermore, they also receive tools and the materials..

This improves the teaching delivery of literacy and numeracy in the classroom.

In like manner, the Heads of Department receive the training and the tools needed to support teachers. Of equal importance is the support they receive, in order to manage and also to track the curriculum delivery in these subject areas.

Penreach is an implementation partner on the Roger Federer Foundation pilot project for school readiness in Grade R. 

The main goal of the school readiness initiative of the Roger Federer Foundation is to provide vulnerable children with a good start into primary education through access to quality Grade R. Its focus areas are the Provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

  • RFF Grade R School Readiness Initiative.
  • Start-of-Term workshops for teachers and HODs on curriculum tracking for the term
  • In-class coaching of teachers
  • Workshops around subject content and pedagogy
  • 80 primary schools
  • 163 teachers
  • 19 200 children
  • RFF
  • TRAC N4
  • Barloworld
  • Nal’bali

Community-based Reading Camps


The reading camps are fully volunteer driven. At Penreach, we train the volunteers and also supply them with a Book Bank. We do this in an effort to make books available to children, and  we strive to develop the literacy of all children in our region!

In order for the children to have extra reading opportunities, the community members not only open up their homes, but their garages and their gardens too. This initiative supplies both the books as well as the reading space for children.

A volunteer hosts anything between 20 and  200 children  per weekday afternoon.

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift” – Kate DiCamillo

  • Training of community volunteers
  • Daily Reading Camps
  • Penreach Book Banks
  • Ongoing support of volunteers
  • 360 Reading Camps
  • 16 000 children

Special Events

The communities host events such as Readathons, Literacy Days and also Spelling Bees for the children. This is done not only to support parental involvement in literacy, but also to further the learning of children. 

  • Read-a-thons hosted by partner primary schools
  • Literacy Days held at partner schools and Reading CampsPenreach Book Banks
  • Spelling Bees hosted by partner schools
  • 80 primary schools
  • 19 200 children

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