WhyLiteracy is a critical tool for academic achievement, communication and self-expression. In 2014, Grade 9 learners nationally scored an average of only 34% on first language ANA assessments.1 43% of Grade 5 learners fail to reach the low international benchmark which indicates a lack of basic reading skills.2 Less than 10% of South African schools have functioning libraries.3 What we doWe create a culture of reading and writing for enjoyment through a multilingual approach. OLICO learners use the library; attend Reading Clubs; and/or join the Magazine Team to develop their literacy skills. Sessions are facilitated in English but multilingualism is encouraged to build both English, home language and a positive sense of self. We are members of the Fundza network. How we measureWe assess improvements in fluency and accuracy over time against an initial baseline. Our approach is based on additive bilingualism and translanguaging methodology. Testing is done in English as the primary language of instruction. Diagnostic assessments include an oral reading test; story sums; letter writing; comprehension; and creative writing.