BRIDGE is keenly aware of South Africa’s literary crisis. According to data in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), South Africa placed last out of 50 countries which included nearly 320‚000 children globally. The survey also found that reading scores have not improved since 2011. As part of our efforts to redress the situation, the BRIDGE team has recently embarked on a journey with the developmental non-profit Help2Read by registering to become ‘Reading Helpers’ in its Volunteer Reading Help Programme.
In celebration of Women’s Day, BRIDGE partnered with Coronation Fund Managers to host a Women’s Day celebration at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. The event, which was held on August 8th 2017, involved over 60 young ladies from various schools around Gauteng. As part of the day’s events, Coronation Fund Managers ran an essay competition on the theme of ‘Your Vision for Your Future’. In this story, the competition’s winner, Boipelo Moatshe, shares her experience of winning the prize, and discusses what inspired her essay. Read on!
By Charles Marriott
Every year on the 16th of June, South Africa commemorates Youth Day in honor of all the young people, mainly students, who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprisings. The commemoration is informed by a difficult and painful history – a history characterized by sacrifice – and the legacy of that history is still evident today in our flawed education system. However, as we look to the future of youth in this country, it’s important that we take a moment to recognize the small, but significant victories in South Africa’s youth development. The following story, from one of our BRIDGE community members, is one example of such a victory. Read on! Continue reading