Read For Africa’s News and Views – September 2015

Read For Africa’s News and Views September Issue is coming to you in celebration of International Literacy Day – this week on 8 September.

Read about:
  • Read for Africa’s UPCOMING COURSESand events
    • Our Advanced course showing you how Phono-Graphix can take you from Sound-to-Symbol-to Meaning for anyone who has been exposed to Phono-Graphix. Workshop on 17 October 2015 in JHB
    • Phono-Graphix in Afrikaans. Workshop on 17 October 2015 in JHB
    • Our usual 1½ day Certification Course is scheduled for November
      • Become an Independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist and learn how to teach reading and spelling or enhance your existing practice.
  • Call for NOMINATIONS
    • We’re looking for a Phono-Graphix Champion / Reading Therapist / Reading Teacher of the year – see nomination form and criteria
  • Where in AFRICA has Phono-Graphix been and where is it going?
  • What have our Reading Therapists / Trainers been up to?
  • Psych Assess discussion groups
  • Feedback on our DIEPSLOOT PROGRAMME and how you can be a BUDDY READER and “Find Your 70” minutes on Tuesdays to help children learn to read.

Read For Africa and Psych Assess will be hosting a mini-conference at the German School on Saturday 17 October from 9am to 1pm.  

We will be announcing the winners of the Phono-Graphix Champion/reading therapist/teacher of the year award.

We will also run our ADVANCED course in English as well as our AFRIKAANS course.  

WHEN: Saturday 17 October 2015
WHERE: German School – Deutsche Internationale Schule,
Parktown, Johannesburg
TIME: 9am to 1pm – Registration from 8:15am
COST: R 300 per person for the morning**
** Member schools will be contacted separately to discuss the subsidised rates for your
school, but please save this date!
CPD POINTS: Earn 3 points (HPCSA)

Who Should Attend?         

Both these courses are for people who have attended a Phono-Graphix Certification course previously. They are applicable to anyone who would like to attend as a refresher who may have done a course several years ago as well as people who have been trained recently and would like to explore things more deeply as they proceed with their internship. This course is applicable to teachers, therapists and parents working with students of all ages.

The advanced course in English will demonstrate how Phono-Graphix can take students from “Sound to Symbol to Meaning”. This course makes links to comprehension, logical reasoning vocabulary enrichment and extending buddy reading and buddy writing in to all learning areas.  

Find out how Read For Africa has been helping learners of all grades including matric and university students to improve their grades across all curriculum areas through these activities.

Extension activities will be provided on the day.


phono-graphixPhono-Graphix Certification courses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in November 2015

Attend a course and work towards a certification as an Independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist from R 1 750 per person.
Earn 11 CPD points (HPCSA)


Weekend Saturday 7 November (Full day) and Saturday 14 November 2015 (half day)
At the German School in Parktown
Mid-week Next Mid-week course is scheduled for Wednesdays 11, 8, 25 November 2015 (3 mornings over 3 weeks)
8:30am to 12:30pm in Bordeaux, Randburg

Read for Africa will be in Durban in Oct / Nov and Cape Town over the weekend of 21 and 22 November to run the 1.5 day course. Please contact us if you would like us to send you he details of this course once finalised.  An Advanced workshop will also be offered in these areas for those who have attended our course previously.

Please share the information with any interested friends or colleagues.  If you live in other areas, chat to us about getting a group together and having us give the training in your home town or city!


If you are a teacher at one of our member schools, please share the dates with any new teachers or colleagues who have not attended the course. This is the last course scheduled for this year so it is a great opportunity for new teachers to be trained before the new term. Member schools have special arrangements with Read for Africa and attend these courses at no charge or at subsidised rates. Anyone who has attended this course previously is welcome to attend the course again as a refresher.  

If you missed the second half of the course previously or you attended a 1 day course at your school, you are welcome to attend a scheduled ½ day course at no charge.

Our next ½ day assessment workshop is on Saturday 14 November from 9am to 1pm at the German School in Parktown, Johannesburg or on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at Pscyh Assess in Bordeaux, Randburg from 8:30am to 12:30pm. This workshop doubles up as a good refresher especially for those currently doing their internship or wanting to re-enter the process. (There may be a small fee charged for the internship if it was not completed in the allocated time.)


Calling all Member Schools, Reading Therapists, teachers and parents to nominate someone you work with or know who you feel deserves the title of Phono-Graphix Champion / Reading Therapist / Teacher of the Year!

The actual awards ceremony will take place in Johannesburg on Saturday 17 October, however nominations from all over the country will be considered. Nominations need to be in by Monday 21 September 2015.

Category 1:    Phono-Graphix Champion of Champions
Category 3:    Independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist
Category 3:    School Based Phono-Graphix Reading Teacher
Category 4:    Afrikaans Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist or Teacher


findYour70Where in Africa has Phono-Graphix been lately and who has been chatting to us about teaching Africa to read?

Eleanor Owen who has been teaching in Borneo, Asia attended the Phono-Graphix Certification course in July 2015. She started her new teaching job at St Saviours in Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria this week!  We’re looking forward to hearing about her internship and vsiting her in Lagos sometime soon!

It was great to meet Vivian Owino from Kenya, a parent who also did our July course whilst Petro Herbst who attended our course in Johannesburg and moved to Swailand has completed her internship and has recently received her certifcation as an independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist.  

We’re going to have to colour in a few more places on our map of Africa at this rate ….

Elenor Vivian Petro
Eleanor Owen (Nigeria) Vivian Owino(Kenya) Petro Herbst (Swaziland)

We had a follow up visit to Ningizimu Special Needs school in Durban and worked with more classes and were able to provide and get specific feedback from the teachers who have embraced the programme.   Thank you Navi and Fernell who have assisted with setting up the programme and who are supporting the teachers.

navi fernell
Navi (Occupational Therapist) and Fernell (Speech Therapist)
at Ningizimu Special School

Read For Africa implemented the Whole School Approach at Waterfall Educare in KZN.  

Annette Loedolff showed us who is Top Notch in Potch!
Annette was nominated for the National Teacher of the Year Awards. She was awarded third position in Area Office for Excellence in Special Needs and Inclusive Education. Well done Annette from Potchefstroom – we are proud of you and are so pleased that in between all your other commitments you’re still able to visit us in Johannesburg to train our Afrikaans enthusiasts in Phono-Graphix.

We look forward to seeing Annette in action on 17 October at the German School in Johannesburg.  Join her for the Afrikaans workshop on the day!!


Annette Loedolff – Afrikaans Trainer in Potchefstroom


psychAccessPsychAssess runs a small meeting group for professionals.  

Many of these topics are relevant to parents and teachers and other therapist. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings that you feel are relevant at R200 per meeting (or R450 for 3 meetings over a 12 month period). HPCSA professionals can earn 2 CPD points for each meeting
(4 points for ethics topics). The meetings usually run from 9am to 11am, one Tuesday a month.  

The next meeting is taking place in Bordeaux, Randburg on

  • Tuesday 22 Sept    Starting & Running a Private Practice - med/psych/ed professional or reading therapist
  • Tuesday 20 Oct           The ethics around assessment - working with small children & adolescents
  • Tuesday 24 Nov       Career Counselling - integrating information from a variety of sources + case studies

Please email if you have any queries or would like to book.
For School Readiness, IQ, Learning Difficulties or Career related assessments, you can contact

Membership to Read For Africa Online

We have launched READ FOR AFRICA ONLINE and if you are not already a member you can register for R150 per person per year at .  This is offered at R100 from September will be due for renewal in March 2016.

If you are a teacher or parent at one of our current member schools – there is no charge to gain access to this Member Area and you can also register at this link.

phono-graphixIf you are a certified Reading Therapist, your membership will include a listing on the site as an Accredited Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. You will be issued with an accreditation number, an updated electronic version of your certificate and this endorsement logo to put on your advertising materials. Sample templates for letters to parents, forms and flyers will also be issued. Go to to see how your details would appear on the site.

THANK YOU to Reading Therapists, Interns and others who have offered to be part of the “Buddy Reader” programme and “Find your 70” (in the way of 70 minutes) in Diepsloot.

Katherine Reyes, Linda Cloarec, and Charmaine Albers have spent every Tuesday of their holiday with us in Diepsloot.  The kids are really going to miss you now that you are back at your own schools!

Katherine, Linda and Charmaine - joined by her kids  - Calvin and Caitlin

We still NEED more HELP to teach a group of Grade 5 learners in Diepsloot to read before the end of the year … this is an appeal for any of you in the Johannesburg area to “Find your 70”  … in the way of 70 minutes, each week (government school terms) and contribute to teaching Africa to read as part of our “Finding your 70” campaign. We run a literacy programme on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 2:10 pm at a school north of Fourways (literally 7.7 kilometres from the Indaba Hotel and 2 minutes off the extension of William Nicol Drive).  

We will provide on-site Phono-Graphix Buddy Reader training for anyone who is interested in volunteering.

Please Get in touch with us

Email us at if you would like to be a buddy and get involved in any of our programmes, or require more information about Phono-Graphix and our courses and other programmes.

Visit us at to find out more about Read for Africa and how the vision came about and how you can “Find Your 70” and help teach Africa to read!

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