Tuesday, March 17, 2009

17 March - Human Rights

In today’s show, we heard from Maurita Weissenberg - founder and director of the Shine Centre. Speaking to Cindy Witten about the Centre, what they do and how the Centre aims to better children’s reading skills through the workshops run. The Shine Centre is a non-governmental organisation that aims to raise literacy levels among children in grade two and three who are experiencing difficulty in language and reading. The project targets schools that offer a sound infrastructure, committed teachers and a safe environment, The Shine Centre is looking to attract volunteers, book donations and funding for the programme. With a successful programme also running at Claremont Primary, plans are to launch the next Shine Centre at St Agnes Primary in Woodstock , Good Hope Seminary in the city bowl and Rosemead Primary School in Claremont . For more information, please visit www.theshinecentre.org.za. To sign up to volunteer contact Leigh-Ann on 078 3496752.

Kristine Pearson – from the Freeplay Foundation was also part of today’s show. We were talking about the services they provide. Freeplay Foundation is an internationally acclaimed humanitarian organisation that aims to facilitate sustained access to information and education for the poorest of the poor, especially children, women, refugees and the disabled. Kristine explained more. For more information contact her on (011) 783 1050 or visit www.freeplayfoundation.org

We closed off the show with an interview Sasha Forbes had with Stephne Fain, from the Rural Educational Development Corporation. Rural Educational Development Corporation is an organisation that works towards building partnerships and initiating projects that demonstrate a future vision for economic and community sustainability. For more information you can call the Rural Educational Development Corporation on (021) 783 4007 or visit their website www.sustainable-future.com

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