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Land Rover teams visited the Enhlanhleni Combined School and Umqutsheni Primary School in the Underberg on the southern KwaZulu-Natal leg of the Rally to Read.
For the past 14 years the Rally to Read programme has been taking literacy to learners in rural schools and Land Rover has been a supporter since its inception in 1998. Initially implemented as an expedition to deliver stationery and reading matter to 12 rural schools, the organisers could not have foreseen the scale of their future success and the sheer number of learners they would touch. More than R37 million has been raised and more than 650 schools are now part of the programme. The premise of Rally to Read is a simple one – you need to be able to read and write in order to be educated. Recognising this, and the need for a better education that exists in rural areas, sponsors join forces to deliver the box libraries and other sponsored material to the schools. Rally to Read has, over the years, visited many rural parts of South Africa – Golden Gate in the Free State, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, the Klein Karoo and many more – and this year the Underberg/Loteni area was the focus of the southern KZN leg. Schools are visited by the rally for three years in a row, each year supplying materials for a different grade or a different subject.
The Read Educational Trust, which works in conjunction with the rally, visits the schools on an ongoing basis, training educators to get the best out of the supplied material and teaching them how to implement the curriculum
effectively. Each of the 10 legs of the rally is broken into groups of about nine or 10 vehicles, and each group visits two schools during the day.
Umqatsheni Primary was also the recipient of the Land Rover-sponsored Dreamfield soccer kit, a bag filled with boots, balls, shorts, socks and shirts – everything needed by a successful school soccer team.