Maryland Literacy Programme

Mode of Instruction

Instruction is given to learners in mother tongue Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, and Afrikaans and English as a second language. English as a second language is in demand especially by those who need it for communication at work.

Facilitators of Adult Learning Groups

Our facilitators are all volunteers attend training courses run by the Programme, often at outside venues to accommodate trainees. They have been drawn from the ranks of dedicated local community workers, nurses, teachers, company staff and concerned people who come from all walks of life. These selfless and dedicated people give generously of their time and expertise for the empowerment of the learners.


Maryland's philosophy and methodology is in part based on the teachings of Paulo Freire. We believe in a method of:

  • participatory learning
  • learner-centred approach
  • problem-solving
  • language experience
  • literacy for development

This is to enable learners - while learning the basic literacy skills of reading and writing - to acquire the skills of decision-making, discerning and working for social change within their community so that they can become responsible adults in their communities.


This site is sponsored by the DEUKOM GROUP of companies.