Lizani Muller proudly opened the doors of the new Edublox reading and learning clinic in Polokwane earlier this month.
Muller, who was a Primary School teacher for many years, identified that there was a specific need to help children with learning difficulties.
Initially Muller presented only a component of the Edublox product range (Audiblox). Wanting to do more to help learners overcome the stigma of ‘learning disabilities’, Muller decided to open an Edublox reading and learning Centre in Polokwane, providing the full spectrum of Edublox products to help learners with ‘learning problems’. The centre was opened on 16 April 2012 offering classes in both English and Afrikaans.
Despite the difficult economic times, Muller 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.
With a literacy rate of only 39% at grade three level and language competency at a shocking 15% at grade six level reported in the Limpopo 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 seen tremendous success on a daily basis with learners who follow the program and are able to overcome their learning problems,” adds Muller.
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.