Beth Silbert

Shine Centre Manager

“You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a Mother who read to me.”
Strickland Gillilan


My career in Education began as a pre-primary school teacher in 1984, after which I worked in Teacher Education for the next 13 years. During this time, I obtained a Masters Degree in Education – with specific interest in Social and Emotional Education for Primary School children. I joined Shine Literacy, first as a volunteer, and have worked as a Shine Centre Manager at Good Hope Seminary Junior School, since 2013. As a volunteer-based organisation, my role is to manage and support the volunteers in their work with Grade 2 and 3 children.


  • Education

  • Volunteering

  • Youth Development

Shine Literacy offers literacy support programmes in 53 primary schools. Our reach includes the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. We offer training to organisations such as faith-based organisations, community centres as well as to individuals who share our passion to get children reading and, in this way, address South Africa’s educational crisis.