Impact story

Improving Literacy Through Indigenous Languages in South Africa

Photo: South Africa. Children reading in class. Credit: Chris Sattlberger/Panos Pictures.

To better understand early grade reading in African languages, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, the University of South Africa and Funda Wande, together with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, are working towards a deeper understanding of higher reading gains in English and three African languages. 

Focus projects: 

Vukani Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa.

The aim of the study is to understand resilience and exceptionalism in high-functioning township and rural primary schools in South Africa. Previous research has shown that a large part of the explanation behind these schools' success is the leadership and management practices of teachers and particularly principals.