Annelize Lategan proudly opened the doors of the first Edublox reading and learning clinic in Bloemfontein earlier this month.
Lategan, who was a teacher for two years, identified that there was a specific need to help children with learning difficulties. “It was incredibly frustrating that I couldn‘t do more to help the learners who were battling with their lessons, so I started investigating different ways of improving my teaching skills,” says Lategan.
Despite the difficult economic times, Lategan recognised the value of opening her own business and saw the opportunities to be gained by investing in an Edublox franchise. There has been a steady increase in the number of women franchisees in South Africa and currently 23.28% of all franchisees are women.
“Edublox reading and writing clinic attracted my attention and I knew that I could not pass on this opportunity to help more learners, especially in the Bloemfontein area. So, I grabbed the opportunity and am very excited to have opened Bloemfontein’s first Edublox reading and writing clinic on 23 April 2012, offering classes in both English and Afrikaans.”
With a literacy rate of only 50% at grade three level and language competency at a shocking 21% at grade six level reported in the Free State Province in 2011, it is clear that the province would benefit from additional learning programmes such as Edublox.
Many parents are faced with being told that their child has a ‘learning problem’. They then don’t have any idea what to do or where to turn to. “I have been amazed by the results of learners who follow the program and are able to overcome their learning problems,” adds Lategan.
Education statistics: South African Department of Basic Education report on the Annual National Assessments of 2011.
Franchise statistics: “The Franchise Factor 2010” © Bendeta Gordon, conducted by Franchize Directions.