Maryland Literacy Programme
Milestones in the Maryland Literacy Programme
1976 Launch 16 June 1976
1977 Classes on farms started as far afield as Victoria West and Porterville. Classes at Guguletu for migrant workers.
1978 A number of magazines produced, including recipe books. Nurses were trained for various hospitals e.g. Brooklyn Chest Hospital, Kimberley Tuberculosis Hospital, Infectious Diseases Hospital, Malmesbury.
1979 International Literacy Day:
"I am happy to have this opportunity of the International
Literacy Day 1979, to renew my wishes to all those who are devoting themselves
to this great work of human fraternity, and I pray the Omnipotent God
to shower abundant blessings on them and their efforts."
Classes started in Southern and Eastern Cape.
1981 Shawco - classes started in shacks in the informal settlements. Anglo American farms - Paarl.
1982 Cheshire Home Hanover Park - paraplegics taught to adapt themselves to a new lifestyle.
1983 Maryland Training Team participated in "Learn and Teach" in Johannesburg. Classes at Crossroads Development Centre. Misereor sponsored literacy workshop in Zimbabwe.
1984 Classes held for UCT cleaning staff. Classes held at Avalon Rehabilitation Centre.
1985 Education for Self-reliance. Valkenberg classes - maximum
1987 10th Anniversary of Operation Upgrade in the Western Cape. Workers of the National Health department complete a literacy course.
1988 Shocking statistics that 60 - 70% of people in the Western
Cape were functionally illiterate. The programme serves domestic workers,
farm workers and migrant
1989 Maryland became an independent literacy organisation with
its own logo and constitution: "Learn to Read, Read to Learn - Literacy
1990 July: Equal Opportunity Trust donated money for the Stallion
1991 September: Umtapo.
1992 Founding of SAALAE (South African Association for Literacy
and Adult Education).
1994 Workshops held that have enhanced the programme:
Empowerment of Learners:
Learner representative of Maryland participated in Zimbabwe Learner Association
conference. (The Zimbabwe experience brought about a Renaissance.)
1995 Prof. Dan Moshenberg: "Education for Critical Action"
1996 Workers on Klipfontein Farm in Grabouw successfully negotiated
with Land Reform. Workers now own and run the farm as a co-operative.
1997 Learning material developed to comply with the outcomes set
1998 Jesmina Mentoor, Learner representative addresses delegates
at the Rotary International Conference in Oudtshoorn.
1999 Learners interviewed on radio - Voice of the Cape
Human Rights Day celebrated at Delft Library.
Adult Learner Week - Provincial Award
2000 Learners become facilitators.
2001 International Year of the Volunteer
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