This is a software program designed to assist children to improve their English language skills. With the support of a trained mentor and two facilitators, they work on their reading abilities, improving their reading speed, comprehension, spelling and language exercises and get to develop basic computer skills.
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One hundred and seven (107) orphaned and vulnerable children attend on a weekly basis at a centre at Moduping Combined School, Maritie and Bushbuckridge.

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Reading Power Programme – aim & objective
We aim to bring hope to children in a hopeless situation and believe that improved education is the only sustainable way to offer hope to the young generation.

The Reading programme’s objective is to empower children by improving their English reading ability, by improving reading understanding and reading speed, through the use of effective computer technology.
A secondary but equally exciting objective is to introduce children to the world of computers, getting them to use a computer and to get familiar with keyboard and mouse.

We are also endeavoring to create and promote a culture of reading with the children.

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Target group
All children from grade 2 to grade 9 (ages 8 to 15) that attend one of SizaBantwana’s care projects. Our target is to twice weekly serve 120 children from SizaBantwana’s care centre during the first year of full implementation.

In addition we are targeting to serve 140 children from one of the local primary schools, Moduping Primary, once a week. In total 260 children shall thus benefit from the programme and a total of 380 individual reading sessions shall be presented per week.

This target shall be expanded to 330 children and 450 individual sessions during the second year.

The programme shall thus not only benefit the children form SizaBantwana, but also children for the wider community.

We have been running a pilot phase of the programme since June 2010 and are currently serving 50 children on this small-scaled programme.