Maryland Literacy Programme

BACKGROUND

The Maryland Literacy Programme is an Adult Literacy Programme which serves the urban, informal settlements and rural communities in and around the Western Cape. The programme is a non-governmental organisation based in Hanover Park at the Maryland Centre, a complex run by the Schoenstatt Sisters. The programme was launched in 1976 initially to address the needs of the local community.

At the end of the first year, after requests by communities, the Programme spread like a veldfire to other suburbs of Cape Town. The following year the project was introduced to farms, rural areas and industry. Later it was taken to hospitals, homes, prisons and informal settlements.

Since the Programme's inception, it continuously modified its approach to suit the needs of the learners. Quietly, Maryland has been evolving its own unique identity and in 1989 became an independent body known as the Maryland Literacy Programme. Its philosophy, which is incorporated in its logo is:

Literacy Opens Worlds - Learn to read - read to learn.

Maryland Literacy Programme supports the basic human right of each person to be granted the opportunity to learn to read and write. All initiatives which promote and advocate literacy for all in the community is therefore supported.

Since its establishment in 1976, the programme has helped about 13000 adult learners to read and write in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. Today there are 32 learning centres established in the Western Cape. The Programme reaches out to the rural areas especially farm workers as people in these areas are still neglected and forgotten.

 

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