Service Projects:

 

The SOUNS

 

The Rotary Club of Pretoria East started its first Global Grant SOUNS project in 2011 in five schools in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

 

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 Pretoria.

 

The SOUNS programme is a step by step process utilising simple tools and techniques to teach pupils to become readers.

 

Step 1 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.

Step 2 is to build simple phonic words by “pulling out” the sounds of a word (building and writing words). 

Step 3 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.