To rescue the cognitive potential of learners through training and support programmes which will help them grasp key concepts, and reduce obstacles to future success.


Low levels of literacy and education in general can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing technology-driven world.

Many of our children are in classes of 30 – 60 learners and are being taught in their second language. Many come from homes where caregivers have not been taught in English or have low levels of literacy themselves.

The Wordworks Literacy programme is a locally developed (Cape Town-based) literacy programme specifically aimed towards second language English learners at Grade R and Grade 1 Foundational Phase level to address this issue.

Volunteers are trained to run the programme which uses games, books and other fun tools to assist the children in learning. Each child on the programme receives an hour a week of intense one-on-one time with the volunteer over several months which attributes to the success of the programme.

The programme was launched in July 2014 at Addington Primary school and is being run by our trained volunteers in 6 different schools in the communities that we work with.

The programme is designed so that volunteers can be anyone from a grandparent, parent, educator or even an older sibling. Anyone who is interested in the development of the potential of a child can be a volunteer. The programme is currently operating on different days and times during school hours and volunteers are able to offer between 1 and 4 hours a week of their time.


CAST has also runs a Home Work Club programme with volunteers from the communities. They, along with university students from KwaDabeka, also tutor high school learners who are in the CAST Sport & Youth Development Programme.


Yasmin Adams, CAST’s Inner-City Coordinator, started a programme called “Give Your Brain a Hand” for students at Addington Primary School that focuses on developing God-given talents. ·“Give Your Brain a Hand” is intended to provide a creative outlet for the children in multiple areas, such as arts and crafts, singing, and dancing.

The idea behind “Give Your Brain a Hand” is that students can use the talents God has already blessed them with instead of focusing on the despair and hopelessness around them. Poverty becomes an outlet for creativity, as the children make something out of nothing.

Areas in which we work:

Addington, Appelsbosch, Chesterville, Chibini, KwaDabeka, Lamontville, Mariannridge, Noodsberg and Phoenix.

Sites currently implemented in, including average monthly statistics:
Number of children who participate in the programmes every month.
Number of Volunteers