The Lynedoch project was established by United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) in collaboration with the Lynedoch Primary school, Matie Community Service (MGD) and Stellenbosch University. It strives to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving Universal Primary Education.
The Lynedoch community, located outside of Stellenbosch, has been identified as an underprivileged area in which primary education is of a low standard. Due to a combination of poverty and history of inequality in South Africa, it has been difficult for the community to support learning structures and assist struggling students. Many students have been affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which has led to a stunted physical and mental development processes.
As a result, there is a need to individual attention in the classroom setting to assist with the existing education syllabus at local schools. The Lynedoch project strives to empower the community by ensuring that all foundation phase children are provided with the opportunity to learn how to read and write.
On her personal experience Steffi comments:
One of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had was tutoring two primary school boys at Lynedoch. Initailly, the children viewed outsiders with sceptism and suspicion, however after a few weeks of getting to know the boys (they love the Avengers), they opened up to me. Although the boys had some limited reading skills, their phonetics and alphabet skills were lacking. I believe I can help these students to better their education, which in turn wil help build a foundation to being a successful adult.
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