RFA - Year end Newsletter

pg1-logoRead for Africa would like to wish all its reading therapists, interns, member schools, parents and colleagues a restful and peaceful time over the next few weeks.

We look forward to ushering in 2015 with renewed energy and passion as we celebrate our 15th birthday and continue our quest to help you “Find your 70” and teach Africa to read in the process.

Our closing message for 2014 covers the following

  • Important dates for 2015 – courses, workshops etc.
  • Information about our new membership programme and benefits to be launched in January 2015
  • Highlights from 2014 in pictures

Read for Africa has had another amazing year through existing partnerships with schools, teachers and reading therapists and welcomes its association with so many new schools, organisations and individuals and would like to thank all of you for your contribution.


Please share our course dates for 2015 with friends, colleagues and parents that you work with.

Saturday 14 March 2015 marks the 15th birthday of Read For Africa and we look forward to celebrating this special day with you.

Our courses are mainly offered in Johannesburg, however, Read For Africa commits to visiting the Cape and KZN at least twice every year to ensure that member schools get the support that they require and to ensure that new staff continue to be trained.

Read For Africa continues to offer it’s 1.5 day certification course which leads to certification as pg2-logoan Independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist on successful completion of an internship. These courses are free for member schools other than a nominal charge for the facilitator guide and certification /CPD point (HPCSA).

All the details, dates and prices for weekend and midweek options can be found on our website.

Dates for courses in 2015 include:

Weekend courses in Johannesburg:

Term 1:
Term 2:
Term 2 (pvt) 3 (govt):
Term 3 (pvt) 4 (govt):
31 January (Full day) & Saturday 7 February (1/2 day)
16 May (Full day) & Saturday 30 May (1/2 day)
25 July (Full day) & Saturday 1 August (1/2 day)
7 November (Full day) & Saturday 14 November (1/2 day)
  • Courses can be scheduled on request for 5 or more people
  • If outside of Johannesburg – travel and accommodation fees will be added
    (depending on the number of attendees etc.)

Weekday courses in Johannesburg

Term 1:
Term 2:
Final Term
4, 11, 18 March 2015 (8:30 to 12:30 over 3 weeks - 1½ days)
1, 8, 15 July 2015 (8:30 to 12:30 over 3 weeks - 1½days)
11, 18, 25 Nov 2015 (8:30 to 12:30 over 3 weeks - 1½ days)

We plan to be in both KZN and Cape Town in February/March 2015. Dates will be on our website early in January.

Sound-To-Symbol-To-Meaning Workshop


Read For Africa offer a 3 hour workshop for people who have been trained previously in Phono-Graphix. The focus here is on how Phono-Graphix can be used to take one from sound to symbol to meaning and deals with logical reasoning creative thinking, vocabulary, including “morpheme” awareness.

The two dates that we have set for Workshop in Johannesburg include

Term 1:
Final Term:
14 March 2015 9am to 12pm
17 October 2015 9am to 12pm
  • Groups and organisations can request this workshop to be conducted at a time and venue of their choice for 4 or more people.

Afrikaans Workshop

We have confirmed two Afrikaans workshop dates for 2015 in Johannesburg. pg3-imageThis workshop is a 3-housr workshop. School organisations and a group of individuals can request workshops throughout the year during weekends and government school holidays.

The two dates that we have set for our Afrikaans Workshop are

Term 1:
Final Term:
14 March 2015 9am to 12pm
17 October 2015 9am to 12pm

This course is presented by Annette Loedolff who is a full time teacher in Potchefstroom. Annette has worked with Phono-Graphix since 2002. She translated the programme into Afrikaans and has developed all the Afrikaans resources. She has taught hundreds of children to read in both Afrikaans and English, including children with special educational needs.


Read For Africa will be expanding its membership programme to include individual reading therapists and interns from January 2015.

For a nominal fee, member benefits will include, but not be limited to

  • Member only site: Access to our membership only site on the Read For Africa’s website which will include articles additional worksheets, newsletters, demonstration video clips.
  • A listing as an “accredited” independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist list (where applicable) on our public website. pg4-logoAll reading therapists who renew their membership who were certified prior to the new accreditation system will also receive a new electronic certificate and accreditation number and have access to the endorsement logo for their stationery and marketing materials.
  • Discounts on new courses and resources. Read For Africa have a range of new resources that are available to teachers, therapists and parents who have trained in the method. Certain resources are only available to people who have been trained in the method.
  • Association with PsychAssess and access to accredited CPD discussion groups and workshops (HPCSA) at reduced rates. Read For Africa continues to enjoy a great working relationship with Melanie Smith and Chenelle Cohen at Psych Assess who do amazing work. They will continue to share their programmes and expertise with Read For Africa members.
  • A newsletter with the details in terms of the nominal membership fee, specific benefits etc. will go out in January


January 2014

buddy reader logoSt Peter’s College invited Read For Africa to be part of it’s Outreach programme for another year and continue to work with the teachers and learners at Sefikeng Primary and Diepsloot Combined Schools to ensure that the momentum gained in 2013 continued. We trained the Grade 6‘s from St Peter’s who were regular Buddy Readers at Sefikeng Primary School and we implemented a weekly remedial reading programme at Diepsloot Combined School. It was great to work with Monica Sloane and Irene Ilsley again, who introduced Read For Africa to this programme.


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