About the Project
South Africa is in a socio-economic crisis. The national education system is in disarray, the population is poorly educated, there is a national skills’ shortage and often violent socio-political unrest is the norm. In a small but significant way, The Shine Centre is making a real contribution to securing the country’s future. The most important investment we can make is an investment in a sound education for the children of South Africa. Shine bestows the gift of literacy upon young readers from disadvantaged backgrounds, thereby establishing a strong basis for their continuing education, and sets them firmly on the path to lifelong learning. Its unique and innovative approach to literacy program development and delivery is increasingly attracting national and international recognition for the impact it is having in the early childhood development arena. Shine is dedicated to, and singularly focused on, the development and delivery of literacy support programs and interventions for school-going children in Grades 2 and 3 using trained volunteers and evidence-based methodologies and resources. Impact is measured by the increasing number of children who graduate from the program, the project’s ever-expanding organizational reach and footprint, and the cost-effectiveness of its model, as indicated by the Rand-value stretch.