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The Literacy Crisis in South Africa

The literacy crisis in South Africa has worsened since COVID-19. Read more about the importance and components of literacy, as well as how we can help our learners develop their literacy skills with playful learning.

The foundations for literacy are formed before children enter formal schooling, so good preschool education plays an equally important role in promoting literacy and limiting reading difficulties!

Click here for literacy activity ideas with Six Bricks 😁


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