We are excited to announce that RASA’s collective knowledge and experience in the area of literacy (teaching and learning) has been recognised through a partnership with The Teacher. RASA has been invited to make contributions to the section dedicated to promoting Literacy.
The Teacher is a publication produced and distributed free of charge by the Mail & Guardian to 100,000 teachers a month for eleven months of the year. The beneficiaries of this twenty page publication include Early Childhood practitioners, Primary and High school teachers as well as Curriculum Advisors in education district offices. An editorial agenda set in collaboration with RASA has been mapped for 2015. Although the scope is wide in order to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of teachers the emphasis is on providing access to practical tips and resources that can be used by busy teachers. A national RASA sub-committee has been constituted to identify and coordinate contributions by members who have experience in the topics identified and include academics, Literacy NGOs and teachers.
This year we can expect to see articles supporting teachers from the following RASA members: FunDza, Nal’iBali, The African Story Book project (SAIDE), READ, Dr Lilli Pretorius (UNISA), Dr Jacqui Dornbrack (UWC), Leonard Hlongwa (Chair KZN branch), Dr Ana Ferreira (WITS) and Nicole Levin (author).
Please look out for The Teacher from May 2015 and see how our RASA members are finding yet another avenue to support the teaching and learning of Literacy in South Africa. If you are a member of RASA and have practical classroom tips or know of useful easily accessible Open Education Resources that could be shared in The Teacher please drop me a note with your contact details and topic for future consideration (email@example.com).
RASA supports the teaching and learning of literacy through branch activities, a national conference, an on line Reading and Writing Journal (www.rw.org.za) and its new venture with The Teacher.