Kha Ri Gude: Hope for illiterate pensioners

26 05 2008


Our Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor has set up a new campaign to address adult illiteracy in South Africa, namely Kha Ri Gude. It has recently been implemented in Grahamstown and it is the first initiative to show potential success in this decade.

Previous adult education programmes such as the South African National Literacy (SANLI) have failed dismally. According to the National Adult Learning Network Conference (2002), this was mainly due to:”The vacuum that exists in the adult education and training sector as a result of the demise of previous networks;and the lack of co-ordination, synergy and unity of purpose which has resulted in a fragmented sector.” The resignation of adult-education expert John Aitchison in 2007 sparked rigorous debate about the future of adult education in South Africa.

Although Kha ri Gude is only in its initial stages, it has however seen local success. The project was implemented in Grahamstown in February and the one of the educators, Thembeka Seyzi says that she can already see a positive change in the eagerness of the learners. The difference between Kha ri Gude and previous projects is the extent of research on which it is based upon. The ministerial committee on literacy (MCL) visited adult education centres in New Zealand, Venezuela and Cuba. (Mail and Guardian Online article: an ABC plan to reach XYZ)

Nombeko Kepe, the Project Co-ordinator for the Grahamstown District predicts that the project will not only be a success in the field of creating employment opportunities, but will also help in combatting pension fraud. “Many pensioners struggle with using an ATM or opening a bank account. If they can read or write, they will no longer be dependent on family members to make sense of their finances.” Noxolo Modise, a consultant at First NAtional Bank, Grahamstown says: “With seven out of ten pensioners being illiterate in the Eastern Cape, we can sometimes spend up to two hours with a pensioner to help them collect their social pension grants.” The problem extends even further as Ms. Modise explains that they often get loan sharks who pretend to be family members of pensioners in order to gain signing rights on their accounts.

The project will run until 2010 and pensioners such as Vuyelwa Masi in Grahamstown feel very pleased with its progress: “I am happy that I have found this school because now I do not have to rely on my family to take me to the bank in order to collect my grant.”

related links:
Adult Learning Network National Conference 2002
Mail and Guardian Online article: an ABC plan to reach XYZ




16 responses

19 03 2009

want to know about stipends for kha ri gude volunteers which are not paid for 2008

9 07 2010

HI, this project is brilliant! Is there anything like this running in Cape Town?

20 07 2010

I am committed to serving the older persons and I am a member of PEC Provincial executive committee in the Free State.I am also a monitor in the Kha ri gude mass literacy campaign.Porota

25 11 2010

i love this project and i want to be and where do i registere and in gauteng province mindrand.

thank you

27 11 2010
nonhlanhla Mashele

i attended a closing ceremony for Khari gude this week at Lethaleng village, near Bochum in the Blouberg Municipality , Limpopo….and i was so moved seing pensioners write their names and being proud of the people they have become becouse of this campaign, it makes me proud to be South African and thanks to our caring government

17 02 2011
Juanita Kearns

Please send me the forms to apply as facilitator in the community. Thanks

4 03 2012

i was one of khari gude supervisors in grahamstown 2009 but i have relocated to pe. i love serving the community or people in need. can i be hooked up again here in pe. Thanks

4 04 2014
Ramon Frans

What do you find enjoyable with kha ri gude and why?

16 08 2014

how do krg volunteer educators (ve) assist with your lesson

9 05 2015
ntswaki georgina mokoena


19 10 2015
Taoana Jonas Springkaan

I am born deaf so live at Senekal.I don’t know talk about Sesotho.I like only English.I want need a Kha ri gude for the deafSA

8 03 2016
rametse m o

I love this project and i want to be involved,how and where do i rejister and in Free State Province

8 03 2016

Please just send me the form to apply as trainner in my community tto help old people in my town.KHARI GUTE,NGO GROUP.THANKS

4 04 2016
Ntombi Matini

Hi I’m in cape co-ordinater of women changing lives and running an ECD also like to work with the community we are serving also old people I wanted to be involved also with khari kude where can I get helped in cape town please

6 04 2016
Ntombi Matini

Hi can u send a application forms please

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