n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Literacy for now and for the future : working with parents and children

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



The Family Literacy Project (FLP) began with three groups in a KwaZulu-Natal rural area in 2000. The aim of the project is to make literacy a shared and valuable activity for parents and young children. Initial sessions concentrated on how parents could support the development of early literacy skills in their children. In the second year an adult literacy component was added and, in time, post-literacy activities for the parents were introduced, all the while keeping a focus on parent and child interactions around literacy. The findings indicate that children and adults have benefited from the programme, and families now read, not only because they need to, but because it is relaxing and enjoyable.

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