The Gauteng branch of LITASA is a vibrant and well-supported community of literacy specialists. We host workshops in Johannesburg and Pretoria but welcome any interested people from across the wonderful province of Gauteng to join our events. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
FAKE NEWS WEBINAR
19 June 2020
The branch hosted an exciting webinar on ‘The Fatal Attraction of Fake News’. Guest speaker Prof Remi Raji-Oyelade, from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, presented on the influence of fake news, with a special focus on Africa during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this presentation, we created a step by step guide on how to detect fake news. You can find this guide here.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
27 February 2020
Thanks to all those who attended our Gauteng AGM last week! Special thanks to Ms Mohohlwane from DBE and Ms Ongeziwe Nxokwana from BRIDGE for their interesting and insightful talks on reading in early years.
AFRICAN LANGUAGE RESEARCH, TEACHING AND PUBLISHING IN THE FOUNDATION PHASE: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
3 October 2019
The Gauteng branch hosted a panel discussion on 3 October 2019 which provided an overview of the current status of African language research, teaching and publishing in South Africa. The panel speakers were Nompumelelo Mohohlwane (Research Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation unit from the Department of Basic Education), Ntsiki Msimango (lecturer at the Centre for African Language Teaching at the University of Johannesburg or CALT@UJ) and Masennya Dikotla (CEO for the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy). Lauren Fok (Programme Manager from Zenex Foundation) chaired the session. The speakers highlighted current human resource constraints in the sector with the aim that we, as a literacy sector, work to capacitate promising young talent to meet these demands.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
9 September 2019
Volunteers from the LITASA Gauteng branch, in collaboration with BRIDGE, celebrated International Literacy Day with learners at Booysens Primary School in Pretoria. Volunteers read the book ‘The Gruffalo’ to six Grade 1 classes, while the Afrikaans translation of the book, ‘Die Goorgomgaai’, was read to one Grade 1 class. Each class teacher received an International Literacy Day book bag with copies of ‘The Gruffalo’, Wordworks board games and some additional books for the classroom library. Thank you to our partner BRIDGE who also provided volunteers and book donations. In total 245 learners, 7 teachers and 9 volunteers benefitted from the event.