The Rotary Club of Pretoria East started its first
Global Grant SOUNS project
in 2011 in five schools in Mamelodi, east of
Since then, a second Global Grant has allowed the club
to expand the project by:
placing over 400 sets into 11
primary schools in Gauteng,
setting up a partnership with the
US Peace Corps organisation where over 90 volunteers
have utilised SOUNS in their communities,
partnering with The PEN
organisation and 26 of their crèches in and around
central Pretoria, and
introducing the programme into 95
independent crèches in Gauteng.
Based on targeting 35 pupils per classroom, about 14 000
pupils are reached each year. In addition, the option of
moving into adult literacy programmes is being
researched. The programme may also be expanded with
Gauteng Education Department schools in and around
The SOUNS programme is a step by step process utilising
simple tools and techniques to teach pupils to become
is to identify the sounds in words and identify the
letter symbol representing that sound. This is done in
small groups with emphasis on playing games with the
letters while learning.
is to build simple phonic words by “pulling out” the
sounds of a word (building and writing words).
the sounding out of phonetically written words through
which the pupil discovers that he or she can read.
The next step is to move on to reading the first book
and here, the Club uses the books from the RC of White
River’s project Books in Homes.
The Rotary Club of Pretoria East remains committed to
the further expansion of this project both at primary
school level and with pre-school children.