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Every week #TheGoodStuff team on Cliffcentral bring you a simple way to make a difference by changing one thing & getting involved in a cause or organisation that need your help!

Its micro-activism, leading SA & doing good with one simple idea.

This week we would like to introduce you to Ring a Rosy’s Toy Library and Reading Centre; which is designed to address and heal literacy and other social trauma’s that we know exist in these disadvantaged communities.

Improvement of literacy in South Africa remains a major unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target inhibiting our country and its people’s ability to flourish.

An estimated 2.6 million people in South Africa have difficultly reading, or are unable to read. This corresponds to almost 7% of the adult population, and that is assuming everyone who passes matric can read…

Pupils in the country’s rural schools remain disadvantaged by a lack of decent resources. As a result, this is where Ring a Rosy decided to focus on and attempt to address this matter.

“We believe in re-creating a love for reading through a medium children can identify with and therefore support the idea of a fun environment offering assisted reading. We follow the Reading Zone’s reading and learning readiness programmes.”

Established in 2010 with a proven track record, Ring a Rosy is a non-profit organisation that offers assistance to schools, crèches and community centres allowing each child an equal learning opportunity.

They assess young learners to identify the cause of their individual reading difficulties and ensure that the basic foundation of reading skills are developed through following the “Reading Zone’s” reading and learning readiness programs.

The Toy Library’s main objective is to develop young minds through interactive play and assist with reading difficulties as well as create opportunities to disadvantaged children in townships to play in a safe and stimulating environment.

Ring a Rosy rely on donations to stock the libraries with educational play materials consisting of Books, Toys, Games, Puzzles and Activities. They are currently in the process of establishing their 4th Library at Umnyenzani primary School in Ekurheleni North District.

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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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