Notes from the Field: Bringing Books Home


Steve Le, 2010 Teach with Africa fellow, is an English teacher and the co-director of the Service Learning program at Pacific Ridge School, in Carlsbad, CA.

Even though township kids are getting more and more opportunities to attend good secondary schools, like LEAP, where most of their tuition is subsidized, students entering ninth grade often lack English language skills necessary to prepare for the matric exam and to succeed in university.

The four years in high school simply are not enough for many township students. It is imperative that the school system reaches students at the primary and elementary levels, where kids are more likely to develop fluency in multiple languages.

To this end, programs such as Books for Africa and Equal Education seek to bring textbooks, early readers, and teaching resources to township schools.

Help us break down barriers by funding education initiatives in South Africa.

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