The article below appeared in the Krugersdorp News on 5 October 2012:
KRUGERSDORP – The Edublox franchise in Krugersdorp recently presented some study techniques taken from the Edublox Studiblox course, free of charge to all the Grade 4 pupils at Laerskool Protearif.
“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and felt that the methods they had been shown would be tremendously helpful when studying for their exams,” says Nicolene Potgieter, owner of the Edublox Krugersdorp franchise.
“Most of them have never been taught or even heard of these techniques before and even the teachers said that they learnt something new.”
Potgieter plans to give the same presentation to the Grade 7 pupils at the school in due course.
Groundbreaking new research conducted by the University of Padua in Italy has revealed that a fundamental connection exists between early problems with visual spatial attention (the ability to filter relevant versus irrelevant information) and a subsequent diagnosis of dyslexia.
The study also suggests that addressing visual spatial attention problems in children prior to reading age can result in a reduction in the number of children developing dyslexia in the first place.
This research supports the methodologies applied at Edublox clinics and explains the outstanding results that Edublox has achieved with children battling with reading difficulties.
While these benefits seem like something no child should be without, not all pupils have access to the beneficial programmes that Edublox offers.
A number of pupils from Protearif is attending the Edublox classes at the Krugersdorp Clinic and the school regularly refers more pupils to Edublox.
One pupil from the school, who could not afford the classes but clearly needed the extra tutoring, was selected jointly by the school and franchise to receive Edublox classes free of charge.
“He attends his classes devoutly and is making very good progress,” says Potgieter.
“With time, as the franchise grows, we will definitely look at offering the opportunity to receive free classes to more disadvantaged pupils,” she explains.
“We can attest to a lot of success stories with pupils who attend the Edublox courses,” says principal Lourens of Protearif.
“Edublox can make a positive difference to the children’s academic performance and this is something we have certainly experienced at our school.
“We are very grateful for the relationship Edublox has fostered with our school,” he concludes.