The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) is a multilingual, early literacy research and development organisation, affiliated with the University of Cape Town. PRAESA’s work in literacy approaches, curricula, training, materials development and research has meaning making, stories and imagination as its compass point. PRAESA’s aim is to ensure all young children from diverse language, class and cultural backgrounds have appropriate opportunities to become imaginative and critical readers and writers.
Nadia describes a literacy event, in which he comes to dictate his very first story, which she writes down for him. Such small stories, are what drive language and literacy development and learning, though in the busy-ness of home and school life, their significance can be underestimated, or ignored…
Feeling at home with literacy
In this video, shot on location in a Cape Town primary school and elsewhere in the city, the viewer spends time with a little girl, Zia who is just starting to read and write. Zia finds literacy stimuli all around her and in some unexpected places, guided by her mother and teachers who use all of the languages present in the classroom as a resource, instead of an obstacle.
Listen to and follow the delightfully animated story of Kimi’s Cat. Adults and children can join in and read words in any of the 11 South African official language versions. There is also a story-sharing demonstration in English that can be used with teachers and parents to discuss ways of sharing storybooks with young children.