- Edna Freinkel has been a lifelong literacy advocate
- Through Readucate, she is dedicated to reducing illiteracy among children and prison inmates
- She has been honoured with the Continental Lifetime Achiever award
An 80-year-old South African literacy advocate has been honoured with the prestigious Continental Lifetime Achiever award.
Briefly.co.za learned that Edna Freinkel, who is based at Elphin Lodge in Johannesburg, has dedicated her life to reducing illiteracy among children and prison inmates.
According to Germiston City News, Freinkel was named as one of CEO Global’s "most influential women in business and government."
Freinkel still teaches and conducts her advocacy through her trust, Readucate, which she runs with her daughter Corinne Ossendryver.
In an interview, she said:
In prisons, literate inmates are trained as instructors so that they can teach illiterate offenders, which means the project has a greater reach and is more sustainable.
Both groups become rehabilitated, which is why the Department of Correctional Services would like Readucate to operate in all prisons.
Previous recipients of the award include Graca Machel, Wendy Ackerman, Carol Brown and Professor Glenda Gray.
Freinkel also received the University of South Africa (UNISA) Outstanding Educator Award in 2010. In 2004, she received the South African Presidential Award of the Order of the Baobab.
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