MARYLAND LITERACY PROGRAMME

The Maryland Literacy Programme focuses on adult literacy training, life-skills training, food relief, homework supervision, and functional English for refugees (mainly from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). It is registered as an ABET (Adult Basic Education Training) centre with the Western Cape Department of Education, specialising in basic literacy training up to level three.

Beneficiaries of the programme include:

• Women of all ages in both urban and rural areas (75% )
• Farm workers and their families
• Refugees from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
• Target groups are illiterate adults or people with little schooling who: dream about reading their Bible; want to get a driver’s licence; want to start a small business; want to pass their ABET levels 1-3 with a view to get a Matric qualification

The programme operates in the Cape Peninsula, Cape Winelands, and fishing and farming communities along the West Coast and Southern Cape.

LTG introduced Estelle Raymond to Sr. Marina Lawrence which resulted in the commencement of adult literacy classes at Kersboslaagte in the Paarl district. Ingeborg Koelma, a guest at our launch function, sent donations from her Ladies Circle in The Hague for the project. Ingeborg made Sr Marina aware of the existence Biblionef and she now obtains new books from them for the literacy classes. One of our members, Christa Steyn, prepared and delivered stationery packs for the two container classrooms at Kersboslaagte. LTG also donated R10 000 to the programme to buy a vehicle to transport learners to night school.