Agora Center, the University of Jyväskylä

jyväskylä, Finland   |   Research Institution

Child using tablet at Agora Center Project

Project Name
GraphoGame™ Teacher Training Service (GG-TTS)

Location Implemented
Eastern Province, Zambia

Organization Website
http://info.graphogame.com/

Organization Type
Research Institution



Challenge
Research has shown that teaching and reading in a child’s mother tongue language lays a strong foundation for learning to read and makes it easier for them to learn a national language later. In 2013, the Government of Zambia released the National Literacy Framework which requires early grade teachers to teach in local languages. Many teachers in Zambia were educated in English and therefore lack information and pedagogical training in literacy instruction in local languages.

Solution
GraphoGame™, a literacy game for children researched in 20 countries, is being used as a sustainable, cost-effective mobile intervention to improve students’ basic reading skills. The Agora Center at The University of Jyväskylä and their partner, the University of Zambia, created the GraphoGame™ Teacher Training Service (GG-TTS) to improve teachers’ use of technology to support literacy instruction. Teachers are trained to use GraphoGame™ as a part of their literacy lessons to assist struggling students in learning basic letters and sounds in their mother-tongue, ciNyanja. Through the TTS website, teachers can access material, via mobile phones, on the implementation of GG in their classrooms and practice correct literacy instruction pedagogy. Upon completion, teachers receive certification demonstrating that they can use GraphoGame™ to support their instruction.

Project Reach
Approximately 540 students in 30 schools

Collaborators/Partners
Center for the Promotion of Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa (CAPOLSA) at the University of Zambia