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  June 2016  
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Expanding the Minds of Young Learners
Corporate Social Investment - the library at the Sizwile School for the Deaf has been 18 months in the making. A unique project that required a very different approach.

LegalWise has been in partnership with the Sizwile School for the Deaf in Dobsonville, Soweto since 2010.
During this time LegalWise has assisted the school with establishing a bakery, which is operated by parents of learners from the school and supplies nutritious bread to the school kitchen and the surrounding community. The partnership has also seen the establishment of a sustainable permaculture food garden which contributes to the nutrition programme which is run at the school. In addition, the garden is used as an outdoor classroom allowing the learners to gain much needed experiential learning.

On 5 February 2016, LegalWise unveiled the latest contribution to the learning environment at the school.
A new and unique library designed to encourage the love of reading. It is a unique project in that a library for deaf learners requires a very different approach to that used for hearing learners. Extensive research was conducted to determine the best approach for deaf learners when it comes to acquiring reading skills. Time and effort was taken to ensure that this library provides a creative environment with flexible multifunctional spaces that promote reading as an activity that is pleasurable and useful. Each book was specifically chosen to appeal to learners across all ages and grades. LegalWise looked to the future in terms of technology by including laptops which have been connected to the school's internet system to ensure learners have internet access for research purposes.

Teachers were involved in developing the reading programme.
It integrates library time into the weekly time tables for all grades. The programme focuses on making reading 'come to life' through dramatisation of literary works, reading aloud and encouraging learners to tell their own stories. According to Mr Emmanuel Luvhimbi, Principal at Sizwile School, Government has identified education as a national priority and with only a minimal percentage of the nation's schools having functional libraries, the partnership with LegalWise has afforded the Sizwile children the opportunity to learn how to read in a conducive environment.  The school has appointed a full time librarian to ensure the optimal use of the library for the benefit of the children and the teachers.  The initiative will see future developments in audio visual technology and enhancing content for deaf and hard of hearing learners in South African sign language.

Lesley Haynes, Corporate Social Investment Manager at LegalWise believes that through this initiative, learners will be encouraged to become engaged and motivated readers which will aid their cognitive development and overall academic progress. Literacy and education is vital for the development of the future leaders of our country.

LegalWise hopes that through the provision of this library, a culture of reading and enquiry will be fostered in the school, but also that it will make a meaningful contribution to the development of reading for the deaf in the South African education system.

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How to conveniently & safely pay for your LegalWise Membership
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Expanding the minds of young learners
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