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The Learning Conference 2003

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The Seeds of Literacy: Sustaining Early Childhood Literacy in a Marginalised South African Community

Tshidi Mamabolo.

This presentation is a personal narrative of one teacher’s three year struggle to build a relationship between herself, her children, their homes/households and the school. The narrative takes place in the contexts of the teacher’s attempts to teach early literacy to children from poor, marginalized communities on the edges of Johannesburg. This account describes different pedagogical innovations the teacher initiated in order to develop children’s multiple literacies across multiple languages, modes of representation and geographies. The narrative begins with a teacher’s investigation into literacy and pedagogy and ends with pressing questions about the relationship


Tshidi Mamabolo  (South Africa)
Foundation Phase/Early Years teacher
Olifantsvlei Primary Farm School

Tshidi Mamabolo teaches early literacy to children from poor, marginalized communities live in informal settlements around Johannesburg. She is interested in developing pedagogies which bridge home-school divides in contexts of poverty and cultural diversity.

  • Literacy
  • Poverty
  • Home and school relationships

(30 min Conference Paper, English)