Funding Update

Funding for Adult Learning Centre

Learning Academy Worldwide made a cash and in-kind donation to the value of R10 000 to the Mitchells Plain Adult Learning Centre. The award was made to founders of the Centre, Mr Raoul McKinnon (far right) and Mr Naim Misrole (center) on the last day of the Wisehub Summit in Cape Town held on 27-28 June, 2015.

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Substantial donation from Private School

Several schools throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome after MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy improvement initiatives in the country.

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  • Pre-Reading Strategies
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    One of the most practical suggestions from a useful book, When Kids Can't Read' is the use of pre-reading strategies, especially in the early grades.

    Learning Academy Worldwide have, in all its work in South African schools, supported efforts to foster a desire amongst teachers to use pre-reading strategies to help young readers BEFORE starting with the required reading material.

    I remember that, during 2010 teachers from a school in the south of Johannesburg, when working through Beverley Naidoo's 'Journey to Joburg', used a pre-reading strategy based on the cover of the book with tremendous effect. Anticipation is one of the most powerful drives that can stir reading habits amongst young readers and such was some of the discoveries made during the project in Johannesburg.

    More recently, upon working with two Grade 7 classes at Siphosethu Primary School in the KZN province, I was once again encouraged by the powerful possibilities of deploying pre-reading strategies based on the same text.

    1. Students use their imagination as they respond to speculation about what the book could be about.
    2. They feel secure because their answers are all correct. To be clear, if a teacher asks a student 'What catches your attention when you look at the cover?', the answer is not only correct, whatever the student observes, but the teacher also creates the space for the student to speak her mind without being judged as right or wrong.
    3. Students use their creativity to craft their own versions of a possible
    Written on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:45 in Reader's Conquest Read 89 times
  • Leaders are Readers
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    The habit of reading is a necessary routine.

    'Reading' suggested Terry Martin during a summit in Bloemfontein in 2015, '...is the singular thing that develops your brain capacity like nothing else does.' Terry is onto something with that statement as his assertion speaks to the benefit of such an important habit. While everyone, it is assumed, will agree that such benefits are to be desired by every person, the reality is that, generally speaking, reading is not a top priority for many - for far too many.

    Written on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:31 in Reader's Conquest Read 88 times
  • Books from the WorldBank Book Project to boost Literacy projects
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    After more than a year-long collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, the 30 000 books donated by the World Bank Book Project are being distributed in the Durban area in South Africa.

    Destined for more than 25 schools, most of the books are for Primary Schools. Several thousand books are also for Secondary School reference and textbook needs. The Margot Fonteyn Secondary Schoo from Klaarwater in the KwaZulu-Natal province is the distributing center for the books in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide.

    The books form part of the Academy's literacy improvement initiatives in South Africa.

    Written on Monday, 01 June 2015 10:22 in News Read 623 times
  • Three big awards for Innovation
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    Three projects from the 2014 Innovation in Education summit were presented with the ISTEEM awards. Innovative Solutions in Technology that Embraces and Enhances Meaning (ISTEEM) is the first of an annual award that will be made available for initiatives within Education and development in Southern Africa. The Awards totaled R15 000 and were sponsored by Learning Academy Worldwide, Beijing Royal School, Royal Haskoning DHV and Communications Management Support (Pty) Ltd.

    Mr Terrence Martin hosted the event, on behalf of Learning Academy Worldwide with support from Mobile Support Leader, Desmond van Rensburg.

    "It was absolutely worth it traveling down from Johannesburg to this event," Mr Martin explained. "It is clear that the gesture means a great deal to the recipients."

    ABOVE - From left to right: Mr Riaan van der Walt and Mrs Marisa Venter receives their award from Dr Masinde. Middle Picture: Royal Haskoning DHV Education Foundation Director, Mrs Pauline Makama present Mr Moeti and Mr Chandos with their awards assisted by Mr Terrence Martin, furthest to the right. In the picture to the far right, Mr Desmond van Rensburg receives the award on behalf of the Kwavulindlebe Primary School's Sekuyasa Project.



    Short Excerpts from the Awards Ceremony

    Written on Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:44 in News Read 600 times
  • Three Awards for Innovation in Education
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    Three projects from the 2014 Innovation in Education summit were presented with the ISTEEM awards. Innovative Solutions in Technology that Embraces and Enhances Meaning (ISTEEM) is the first of an annual award that will be made available for initiatives within Education and development in Southern Africa. The Awards totaled R15 000 and were sponsored by Learning Academy Worldwide, Beijing Royal School, Royal Haskoning DHV and Communications Management Support (Pty) Ltd.

    Mr Terrence Martin hosted the event, on behalf of Learning Academy Worldwide with support from Mobile Support Leader, Desmond van Rensburg.

    "It was absolutely worth it traveling down from Johannesburg to this event," Mr Martin explained. "It is clear that the gesture means a great deal to the recipients."

    ABOVE - From left to right: Mr Riaan van der Walt and Mrs Marisa Venter receives their award from Dr Masinde. Middle Picture: Royal Haskoning DHV Education Foundation Director, Mrs Pauline Makama present Mr Moeti and Mr Chandos with their awards assisted by Mr Terrence Martin, furthest to the right. In the picture to the far right, Mr Desmond van Rensburg receives the award on behalf of the Kwavulindlebe Primary School's Sekuyasa Project.



    Short Excerpts from the Awards Ceremony

    Written on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:25 in 2015 Donors Read 1608 times

South African Companies Aid WorldBank Book Project Success

The Worldbank Book Project received a substantial boost from South African service-based companies, Communications Management Support and Pro Staff and Labour Outsourcing to deliver 30 000 books to more than 20 schools in the Umlazi school district in the Kwazulu Natal province in South Africa.

The Margot Fonteyn Secondary school, who served as the distribution hub in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide, managed the substantial donation that benefited more then 20 schools.

School principals, School district officials and Library directors in the region gathered on 23 June at the Margot Fonteyn Secondary School to officially launch the project. Representing Learning Academy Worldwide, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter, reminded delegates of the importance of books in supporting literacy improvement in South Africa.

For many schools, the books provided a renewed interest to re-establish their Libraries as the resource center for learning in their schools. "This moment is also an opportunity to see the value that books bring to expanding the immagination and regain the lost art of listening", explained School Circuit Manager, Ms Mandraj.

Margot Fonteyn Secondary School principal, Mr Ndlovu (seen to the the left of Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter) considered the timing of the donation of books indicative of the value of the moment.

In his vote of thanks, Dawnridge Primary School principal, Mr Pillay carefully delineated the importance of books and promised to take the challenge of making the book donation count for his school and the communities that they serve.

Schools who attended the launch were offered websites funded and maintained for 1 year by Communications Management Support.

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Books from the WorldBank Book Project to boost Literacy projects

After more than a year-long collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, the 30 000 books donated by the World Bank Book Project are being distributed in the Durban area in South Africa.

Destined for more than 25 schools, most of the books are for Primary Schools. Several thousand books are also for Secondary School reference and textbook needs. The Margot Fonteyn Secondary Schoo from Klaarwater in the KwaZulu-Natal province is the distributing center for the books in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide.

The books form part of the Academy's literacy improvement initiatives in South Africa.

Substantial Donation Makes 20 additional Media centers Possible in South Africa

Several schools sites throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) after 20 MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy improvement initiatives in the country.

Head of School, Dr. Beth Pfannl together with Educational Technology Coordinator, Ms Tracy Arnold, handed over 20 MacBooks to Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter in Rome this week.


f.l.t.r. - Ms Tracy Arnold, Mr Theophilus Van rensburg Lindzter and Dr Beth Pfannl. Far right, Mr van Rensburg Lindzter and Dr Pfannl at the school entrance in Rome.


The donation enables the creation of several media-production-centers (MPCs). These centers will be the hubs for teacher-lead, off-the-grid solutions that will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.

Mobile devices, largely recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, will "talk" via refurbished routers and the MacBooks, creating a local internet accessible within the parameters of the school. Rural schools, where unreliable internet connection is the norm, will be able to access curriculum-related content on any browser-based interface.

The MacBooks are also powerful production tools enabling students and teachers to create their own content for project requirements.



Read other news on the previous version of the LAWW site.

Sprint Foundation Donates 400 Mobile Devices for South African Mobile Learning Project

The SPRINT FOUNDATION, USA, donated 500 recycled mobile phones for the 4th Phase of Learning Academy’s literacy and numeracy improvement projects in South Africa.

Sprint has partnered with Learning Academy Worldwide since 2008, after the MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant of just over $60 000 for the M-Ubuntu project.

Learning Academy Worldwide currently collaborates with some 10 schools in 4 provinces in South Africa, creating an interest in the use of inexpensive mobile devices to deal with the literacy needs of the country's school-going children and young people.