Based on the experience of Stimulus Maksima! over the past twenty years, less than 5% of learners in many top South African schools can currently read relevant graded material on the required comprehension and speed levels for their respective age and grade.
This leads one to wonder: how they were able to make it into the qualified job market?
Illiteracy lowers the quality of life and hampers economic growth.This is not only a South African problem. According to figures published in 2015 by the Department of Education in America, 775 million people around the world cannot read. In many countries, more value is placed on the education of boys, leading to a disproportionately high number of females remaining illiterate into adulthood.
Apart from the economic and quality of life benefits, research has shown that reading reduces stress levels, improves memory function and leads to better quality of sleep. Some of the other benefits of reading include: learning new skills; changing perspectives; and enhancing awareness about different subjects.
The younger one starts learning to read, the sooner the benefits can be obtained. The battle against inadequate reading skills and illiteracy will intensify in the years to come as people increasingly tend to spend less time reading and more time watching television. The only way to counter it is for schools, tertiary institutions and companies to have a specific focus and measuring system in place that empowers their learners, students and employees to overcome the negative and catastrophic impacts of inadequate reading skills and illiteracy.
Stimulus Maksima! offers tools and solutions that can help toddlers to adults to improve their English and Afrikaans reading and learning skills.
ADESSA welcomes on board yet another new member, Stimulus Maksima. When asked what the company is all about, Lotta Engelbrecht, the executive director, said:
“We assist our clients, ranging from toddlers to adults, in obtaining their desired reading literacy and numeracy levels.
“Our computer-aided learning systems are based on auto-remedial principles and monitor progress on a realtime basis.
“A variety of schools, private centers, parents assisting their children at home, as well as students and adults wanting to improve their reading skills, use our philosophy, services and products with great success.”
The Directors of Lectorsa, Thomas and Minda Marshall, firmly believe that to create a better future we must be able to think clearer, as well as read and comprehend better.
Expectations for students and people in the workplace have increased dramatically, yet our methods of interacting with information have not. With an explosion of data across the globe, a GAP formed between students and the curriculum – placing learners, students and the workforce under a lot of strain. The world we live in has changed a lot and it keeps on changing; so, it is important to develop visual and cognitive skills.
Information is multiplying by the hour and we have less and less time to assimilate and integrate existing and new information. LAB-on-line was created to bridge this GAP and to supercharge the abilities of students and the leaders of tomorrow.
Lectorsa (a member of ADESSA) is a South African-based company that created a Mind Activation System called LAB-on-line. The programme offers the basis to ensure a strong foundation for future interaction with knowledge and information. How many times do you find yourself reading a passage and realising that you did not understand what you read? Or perhaps you cannot remember what you read. The reason for this is that we learn how to read, but we seldom are taught the value of reading-to-learn. It has never been more important to activate minds through training and developing accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading; and thereby improving comprehension through cognitive development.
With a proven track record of effective assistance and the development of crucial cognitive skills to more than 68 000 users, LAB-on-line offers the strong foundation that is needed to excel in advanced information processing.
The following are some interesting observations from Minda Marshall of LectorSA, one of ADESSA’s members:
The world we live in is changing rapidly, all the time. A young student told me the other day that her final class at university was very insightful: after three years of study the lecturer said that almost everything he taught them is now redundant, so much had changed in the three years they completed their studies.
This emphasizes that life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning today. Knowledge and information is exploding across the globe. Never before has it been more important to train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading with comprehension. Even more, we need innovative ways to teach students how to use current knowledge as a basis from which to create new knowledge.
Illiteracy is a leading cause of delinquency, poverty, frustration and depression, resulting in a loss in productivity and general reduction in lifestyles and wellness amongst people in all communities. The current economic situation has made this phenomenon even worse. High-performance environments (work, learning and sport) are here to stay and people require effective solutions, which will give them the opportunity to overcome in life and to contribute by creating a healthy society.
We have to face the reality that education is experiencing real challenges: we are training for a future we do not even see and we need to train students for jobs that does not exist in our current framework of mind.
Contact LectorSA for assistance in finding a solution to bridge the gap effectively. Results of more than 49 000 students proves LAB-on-line is a viable solution in 21st Century Learning.