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Literacy centre to uplift deprived communities

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Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa and Themba Kojana, Head of Department for the Eastern Cape Department of Education opening the first Literacy Centre at Ntlemeza Primary School in Uitenhage  

Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa and Themba Kojana, Head of Department for the Eastern Cape Department of Education opening the first Literacy Centre at Ntlemeza Primary School in Uitenhage

By MTHULISI SIBANDA
EASTERN CAPE, (CAJ News) – DISADVANTAGED communities are set to benefit from a literacy centre a leading vehicle manufacturer is establishing in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
Volkswagen, which has spent over R600 000 on the project, has opened the centre under its For Good charity in Ntlemeza Primary School in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.
The aim of the centre is to provide structured literacy support to learners, teachers and parents.
“At Volkswagen we strive to make a real difference in the community, that is why we support Early Childhood Development and are so committed to the VW Community Trust Legacy Literacy Programme,” says Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.
The programme includes a revamp of the Grade R Classrooms, the establishment of literacy centre and a brand-new netball court. Going forward, Volkswagen will be responsible for all the operational costs of the centre.
The literacy centre will ensure that all at risk learners at Ntlemeza Primary school are identified early and then given daily structured support by well-trained volunteers and literacy practitioners.
Six volunteers have been contracted to the centre already and their work is already showing results.
Schaefer says his company realizes the only way to overcome the key challenges in education is through collaboration, partnership and commitment to these five focus areas.
“That is why VWSA spends 80percent of our CSI (corporate social investment) budget in education,” says Thomas.
At the handover of the centre, Themba Kojana, Head of Department for the Eastern Cape Department of Education, commended the partnership between Volkswagen, Shine and the education department and committed R7,9 million (over US$600 000) to Ntlemeza school for security, bathroom, electrical and building renovations.

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