EASTERN CAPE BRANCH
The Eastern Cape branch of LITASA is full of passionate and committed literacy professionals. Many of our activities take place in Port Elizabeth and Makhanda but we jump at the chance to get involved across our beautiful province. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be wonderful to connect with you.
Masithethe: Literacy vir almal
A podcast that promotes literacy in all communities
Welcome to the podcast of the Eastern Cape branch of LITASA. As members of a literacy network, we are passionate about promoting literacy in all its forms and in all communities. This podcast will connect you to the work of our association in this province and beyond. We hope it will be the beginning of many conversations. Masithethe!
In this first installment of our podcast, we connect you to the work of our association in the Eastern Cape and beyond. We chatted to current members of the Eastern Cape branch, Tracy Probert, Nadeema Musthan, Cathy Gush and Eileen Scheckle. Enjoy!
Music credit: Cheery Monday by Kevin MacLeod (License:
In this episode, Literacy is the revolution, two Eastern Cape teachers and committee members of LITASA talk about language, literacy and how they are making a difference in their schools and communities.
Music credit: 'Cute' from Bensound.com
LOCKDOWN LITERACY COMPETITION
Our Eastern Cape Branch ran a lockdown literacy competition. Children were asked to share with us what it has been like to be in lockdown and what you think about the Coronavirus pandemic. Parents were asked to share their experiences of being home with their children and/or how they have communicated the pandemic to them. Entries were welcomed in all the South African languages. The competition was restricted to those residing in the Eastern Cape.
The winners of our competition:
Runners-up of the competition:
TEACHING DURING LOCKDOWN WEBINAR
4 May 2020
Our Eastern Cape Branch hosted a webinar, 'Teaching during Lockdown.' A big thank you to all those who attended! The aim of this webinar was to provide a platform for teachers to engage around the challenges and opportunities with online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown. There were three guest speakers; Amahle Nokeva (senior phase), Jarren Gangiah (intermediate phase), and Claresa Arends (Grade R).
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
22 February 2020
On Saturday 22 February, the Eastern Cape branch held their AGM at the Joza Youth Hub, Makhanda. Guest speakers were Kjetil Torp and Asja Strydom. Kjetil Torp runs the awarenet programme at the Joza Youth Hub. Asja Strydom, Eastern Cape branch secretary, recently came second place in the National Teaching awards Grade R category. Kjeli Torp presented on the literacy activities and projects run at the Joza Youth Hub, and a discussion followed on how LITASA could become more actively involved. Asja Strydom presented on the challenges and successes she has experienced in teaching Grade R children in the Despatch area. It was a very inspiring and productive morning.
The following individuals were elected as members of the Eastern Cape committee:
Chairperson: Tracy Probert
Vice Chairperson: Nadeema Musthan
Treasurer: Cathy Gush
Secretary: Asja Strydom
Additional members: Eileen Scheckle, Jamelliah Domingo, Amahle Nokeva, and Thuso Moss
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
7 September 2019
The LITASA Eastern Cape branch held a poetry and storytelling event in celebration of International Literacy Day. Young poets were invited from Despatch Preparatory School and the acclaimed Helenvale Poets shared their very personal pieces of poetry with the attendees. Chairperson, Jamiella Domingo, felt that the inclusion of poets from the age of 5 to 38, was what made this event special and unique. Board Member, Nadeem Musthav, had the following to say: “We are looking to create a gateway to literacy and the love of it, and we hope to host future events of this nature on a more regular basis.”