A.P.E. launched a literacy program in 1989 in a small apartment in Moquattam. This small beginning has grown to include a nursery, a preschool, literacy classes and preparatory tutorial classes for girls and boys who need additional tuition. Classes take place in the afternoon. Literacy classes were also started in Torah, in 1996. These classes focused on women and children that had not attended school. There are currently 4 literacy classes on a weekly basis in Torah for men, women, teenagers and children.
This is a preschool for children between the ages of 4-6. These children are taught basic reading and writing skills in a fun-filled environment where theatre, music and crafts are a main part of the program. A.P.E. gives children a head start and also helps to enroll them in government primary schools.
The students follow a system taught by Caritas called Learn and be Liberated that teaches reading phonetically. This has proven to be very successful and has resulted in a high literacy rate.
This offers a clean, safe environment for babies and toddlers aged 6 months-4 years. These are children of mothers working in A.P.E. projects and (space-permitting) of mothers in the wider community. Children are offered daily hot meals, a safe outdoor play area and activities such as puppets, games and crafts through which they are taught basic skills.
Social Activities and Camps
In order to broaden the horizons of the community children many extra-curricular activities are on offer. Trips are organized to the pyramids, museums and parks and attended by more than 250 children. Summer Camps by the seaside offer great opportunities for fun and learning for more than 200 children and 300 adults each year.