Early grade literacy
Support government teachers in making sure no child gets left behind in becoming literate.
Working with rural government schools to support the development of literacy through teacher training and community and parent involvement.
Piloted by Redearth Education in 2013 with Comic Relief funding, this phonics-based programme has been written, adjusted and adapted to the local, multilingual context. Training focuses on the teaching of pre-reading and early reading skills in the local language, and the transferring of these skills to the teaching of reading in English.
Communities have been engaged in promoting and supporting literacy through regular, very popular broadcasts through local radio stations of interactive sessions for adults and children, including phonemic awareness, stories and songs.
Programme at a glance
129 schools reached.
65,000 children in total (15,000 currently engaged).
516 teachers in total (124 currently engaged).
Active - seeking funding
Opening books leads to open doors far beyond the classroom
Literacy development is a vital part of every child’s overall development. It is the very foundation of the reading and writing skills required for children to successfully progress through school. Yet it is also central to socialising with others, solving problems, making decisions and developing independent thought.
Books are some of the first tools children have to help them understand the world around them and their own place within it. What they find there can go on to shape their imagination, fuelling the innovation, energy and big-picture thinking needed to tackle the global issues we all face and improve the living standards of communities around the world.
Literacy doesn't just open books - it opens doors to self knowledge and positive self-esteem, employment and social and economic advancement.
Creating a safe, nurturing environment and cultivating a genuine interest in learning.
Preventing and addressing challenging classroom behaviours in ways that support and encourage.
Community and parent buy-in
Engaging and exciting all children in the topic they’re learning about.