Celebrating 25 years of the Volkswagen Community trust!

For good

Since its inception 25 years ago, the Volkswagen Community trust has had a rich history of responsive and relevant community investment. This has led to a strong focus on education and youth development.

In commemoration of our 25 year anniversary, VWSA will be launching a flagship campaign aimed at promoting functional literacy in the first 10 years of a child’s life. The launch will take place during national book week, and will include a children’s book fair aimed at 200 young learners from pre-schools around the Uitenhage

We have selected guest speakers who are knowledgeable in education that will be speaking about literacy. We would be honoured if you would accept our invitation to attend this exciting event.

Date: Thursday 3rd September 2015.
Venue: Volkswagen of South Africa, The PeoplePavilion, Peter Searle Street, Uitenhage.
Time: 9:00am to 15:00pm.
RSVP: Sizwe Zim on sizwe@creativespacemedia.co.za
011 467 3341/082 762 2010

VWSA is committed to making a real difference in South Africa. Please join hands with us as we work to ensure that by the end of grade 3, all learners in our community are able to read with meaning.

3rd September 2015 – Conference Programme

8h00 – 09h00
Registration & tea
09h00 – 09h05
Opening & introduction
Nonkqubela Maliza: Director Corporate and Government Affairs, Volkswagen of South Africa
09h10 – 09h35
Official welcome
Thomas Schaefer: VWSA Managing Director
09h40 -09h50
Audiovisual Presentation
25 Years of The Volkswagen Community Trust
09h55 – 10h25
The state of literacy in South Africa
Angie Motshekga: Minister of Basic Education or Mandla Makupula: Education MEC, Eastern Cape
10h30 – 11h00
Building firm foundations: the role of getting reading right in the Foundation Phase
Nicholas Spaull: Education Researcher and Lecturer at Stellenbosch University
11h05 – 11h15
Choir performance
Venita Van Wyk’s Choral Group
11h20 – 11h40 Tea
11h45 – 12h00
Host address – Celebrating 25 years of The Volkswagen Community Trust
Nonkqubela Maliza: Director Corporate and Government Affairs, Volkswagen of South Africa
12h05 – 12h45
Inspirational Panel Discussion: Home language literacy VS English literacy: Fostering literacy development in English & exploring the advantages of home language proficency.
Cebo Solombela: Poet, songwriter, storyteller and translator for Sifunda SonkeBarbara Matthews: Chairperson of the ICDP TrustMaurita Glynn Weissenberg: Founder & Executive Director of Shine LiteracyMadoda Ndlakuse: Director of Eastern Cape Book Festival, Poet & Author

12h50 – 13h15
Inspirational speaker address – Child development towards education
Connie Ngcaba: author of “May I have This Dance”
13h20 – 13h50 Lunch
13h55 – 14h00
Creative writing reading
Learner from a local school
14h05 – 14h45
Educational Panel Address – Transforming the public education system in SA, bridging the divide between classroom based realities and wider policy development
Dr Dave Harrison: CEO of DG Murray Trust Elinor Sisulu: Chairperson of Puku Children’s Literature FoundationKimberly Porteus: Director of Nelson Mandela Institute of Education & Rural DevelopmentCarole Bloch: Director of PRAESANicholas Spaull: Education Researcher and Lecturer at Stellenbosch University
14h45 – 15h00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Excellence in writing for children
Sizwe Mabizela: Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University


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