Literacy For Life

Our gift your future

Our Mission

Literacy for Life has been established to make a difference for the children at primary schools across the country. Our objective is to raise funds through corporate social investment spending and any other donations or fund raising in order to purchase one of the following products required by the schools: WriteRight, Dala Art or stationery products.

Established in January 2015, our immediate aim is to assist as many schools as possible in the Gauteng region. The number of schools will depend on the funding we receive. For now we will focus on the Gauteng regions but as we grow, we expand into all areas and provinces in South Africa and assist as many schools across the country as we can.

Even in the age of technology, handwriting remains the primary tool of communication and knowledge assessment.

“What I can think about, I can WRITE about. What I can write about, I can read. What I have written, I can share with others so that they are able to share my thoughts”

We believe that the education of our children is of the utmost importance and by providing the gift or ability to read and write will not only be a skill that will remain with them for life, but might just be the difference for them in being able to provide themselves a life to look forward too.



In order to assist schools in the foundation phases (Grade R – 3), we need the following funding per grade:

WriteRight products:    R 5500  per grade, per annum

Dala Products:              R 10 000 per class, per grade, per annum

Freedom Stationery:     Dependent on class packs requirements but typically R 250 per child or R7500 per class per annum.


Mayibuye Primary School, one of 10 schools, receiving their donated products in March

 2015 thanks to Networks Unlimited contribution and support.


Adopt a school and commit to an annual donation from your CSI funding to ensure the

 children have the ability to be able to reach their dreams and receive the items and

products to make a difference in their lives.

In return, you will receive the necessary points and recognition for supporting an NPO and LFL will provide you with the following:  

  • Public acknowledgement of your gift
  • Invitation to events
  • Receipt
  • Opportunities for involvement
  • Ongoing communication
  • Thank you letter
  • Financial report of organisation
  • Access to organisation for visits
  • Section 18A receipt
  • Report on impact of donation

We have a list of schools that need your support. Please enquire with our team at


Literacy for Life Banking Details:

ABSA Bank Centurion

Account number 930 403 4429.

Bank Code 632 005


Is a first aid kit for handwriting in the form of wooden boards with grooves which can be traced with a wooden pencil. This product range is called the WriteRight™ writing boards. These boards have helped children of all ages, cultures, languages, and abilities and even in therapeutic situations such as Occupational Therapy. WriteRight™ writing boards is an ideal pre-writing program to implement before starting to teach formal handwriting in Grade 1. Children should follow a pre-writing program to develop visual discrimination, gross and fine motor and hand-eye coordination, body image and stimulate muscle memory. They need to be taught the correct pencil grip, how to form the letters, the starting point, size, shape, and direction of movement. WriteRight™ writing boards support the pre-writing program outlined in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS 2011). *

Benefits of the WriteRight™ writing boards:

•Familiarising learners with the visual aspect of letters, numbers, words and shapes and signs so they can start to instantly recognise and name them.

•Increased confidence when learning how to write

•Increased motivation to learn how to write

•Support: The action of ‘writing’ is well supported and learners experience satisfaction as they learn valuable skills. This is especially true of learners who struggle with spatial, directionality and fine motor control

•Scaffolding: the board provides a ‘bridge’ between non-writing and real writing

•Improved pencil grip and hand and finger strength

•Repetition: learners will use the boards again and again, thereby getting the repetition needed to learn how to form letters and numbers easily and quickly.

* Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS)

A National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement is a single, comprehensive, and concise policy document, which has replaced the Subject and Learning Area Statements, Learning Programme Guidelines and Subject Assessment Guidelines for all the subjects listed in the National Curriculum Statement Grades R - 12.

Our program is to assist or compliment the basic education of the foundation phase (Grade R -3) by providing additional tools and guidance to assist with the life skills component for children.

The Life Skills subject is central to the holistic development of learners. It is concerned with the social, personal, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of learners, and with the way in which these are integrated. In the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) the subject Life Skills in Foundation Phase (Grades R-3) has been organised into four study areas: Beginning Knowledge, Personal and Social Well-being, Creative Arts and Physical Education. Life Skills has been organised in this way in order to ensure that the foundational skills, values and concepts of early childhood development and of the subjects offered in Grades 4 - 12 are taught and developed in Grades R-3. Beginning Knowledge and Personal and Social Well-being are integrated in the topics. Life Skills is a cross cutting subject that should support and strengthen the teaching of the other core Foundation Phase subjects namely Languages (Home and First Additional) and Mathematics.


The Xhosa word 'dala', when translated into English means 'to bring into existence' or to create. At Dala, we create the products that allow artists and crafters of all ages and at all levels of proficiency the freedom to create successfully. Our products are not only formulated in the lab, but in classrooms and studios around the world.

Because we use only the highest quality, non-toxic raw materials in our production processes, we provide you with a product you can trust.

Benefits of working with Dala:

• Availability: Locally manufactured

• Affordability: Not imported so not exposed to exchange rate pricing fluctuations

• Acceptability: Approved, tried & Tested, Teddy 50yr history

• Adaptability : Versatility – products can often perform more than one task

Involvement in Education and Arts Community


Dala regularly participate in presentations and lectures at secondary educational level, involving especially disadvantaged communities in competitions and fun creative projects. They also take an active interest in the burgeoning community of talented young South African artists, and provide continued encouragement and material support to these artists. Examples of works by some of these artists can be seen in the Gallery on the Dala homepage.