Luvuyo matriculated from Fezeka Secondary school in Gugulethu in 2013 whereafter he participated in the Shine Literacy learnership. As a volunteer, he taught Grade 2 pupils at Litha Primary school and Siyazakha Primary school how to read with comprehension. Since 2018, Luvuyo has engaged learners as a reading coach for the South African Education Project (SAEP) after-school program.
“I heard about this opportunity from a former SAEP reading coach. She insisted I apply because she believed in my skill and she also knew I was financially struggling and seeking a job that would pay me since I wasn't earning from my volunteer work at the time” Luvuyo recalls.
A message of inspiration and hope echoes from the halls at Vuyani Primary School in the afternoon. “Books = wisdom = freedom”. This is a practice Luvuyo instils and reinforces daily with an inspirational icebreaker to foster engagement, sharpen concentration, and promote lesson retention in learners participating in the afterschool program.
“The purpose of this icebreaker is precisely meant to motivate children to invest their time in reading books where they obtain knowledge which gives them the power of wisdom. Wisdom gives them the ability and capability to liberate themselves to freedom of becoming successful individuals in life” says Luvuyo.
Luvuyo has directly supported and coached more than 80 learners with reading skills and learning habits since 2018.
Research has shown there to be a more than one-million-word vocabulary gap between children who were read to and encouraged to read with understanding compared to those who have not been read to and cannot read with understanding.
The time to celebrate true heroes is now and we are starting with Luvuyo Morosi's powerful mantra "Books = Wisdom = Freedom"