The Infinity Learning team has a vision to touch the lives of thousands of people, by empowering them through literacy programmes and learning skills.
One million children enter school each year in South Africa, but half drop out before matric. Of those who do sit the exam, 40% fail. Many of those that do pass, pass at a very low standard. Too many children are leaving school ill-equipped for the workplace.
Learning is key to every child’s development, independence, professional success and fulfilment. Unfortunately, many of South Africa’s underprivileged children face a range of obstacles which make it difficult to succeed at school or university.
Thankfully, there are ways to address this. Learning is a skill that can be learnt and developed. We at Infinity Learning understand that these children have enormous potential. With extra help, training and direction, they can become committed to, and passionate about learning.
In the same way that we have coaches and teachers who help us to learn how to play a musical instrument, or to get better at the sports we play, there are techniques, methods, principles and practices that improve our ability to achieve our academic goals.
Many people struggling to learn assume they are unable to succeed, and lose further confidence and interest in their studies. Many of these people also believe that they have concentration problems and other which represent further barriers to success. In most instances, these issues are not the cause of the problem however.
By improving how effective and efficient each learner is when they study; a huge opportunity exists to improve results and to build personal confidence and motivation.
We work in partnership with schools, communities and businesses, to deliver tailored learning-skills programmes that empower people to improve their chances of success, both inside and outside the classroom.
Literacy, and a love of reading, is vitally important for the children of our country if they are to grow and develop. And yet, literacy levels and standards in South Africa remain disappointingly low. One of the main reasons for this problem is that so many of South Africa’s children do not have access to books.
The vision of The Bookshelf Project is to provide a resource and to facilitate a love of reading within communities that would otherwise have little or no access to books. To make this happen, we build bookshelves for community centres working with children and adults hungry for learning; and then we fill these bookshelves with books. Each bookshelf is 1.8 meters wide and 1.5 meters high.
Each bookshelf normally contains a set of encyclopaedias, reference books, dictionaries, and then a selection of reading books based on the ages of the children that will be using the bookshelf. When filled, each bookshelf takes about 700 books.
Through partnerships with schools, second-hand bookstores, individuals and organisations who donate books to the programme, and businesses that fund the programmes through their BBBEE spend, we aim to give the gift of books to tens of thousands of children and offer an infrastructure that will help to improve literacy, and spark a culture of reading.
To date, approximately R200,000 worth of books have been collected and distributed. In 2015/2016 we have a goal to distribute over 50,000 books to communities that together represent over 75,000 children. Over the next 5 years, our goal is to distribute over 250,000 books across the country.
The Bookshelf Project is funded by companies as part of their Socio-Economic Development contributions. Some of our key benefactors who have donated funds, their time or books include: