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.

Principal Investigator: Servaas Van Der Berg. Lead Organisation: Stellenbosch University

Co-investigators: Nicholas Andrew Spaull; Ursula Kate Hoadley; Jaamia Galant; Nicholas Christopher Taylor