Africa Educational Trust

Increasing teacher to student contact hours, textbook availability, teacher training and teacher instruction

Africa Educational Trust

Increasing teacher to student contact hours, textbook availability, teacher training and teacher instruction


Project Name

Enhanced Reading Skills for Somali Early Beginners

Location Implemented

Somalia

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

The Challenge

A recent MLA study carried out by AET showed that only 24% of children in grade 4 in Puntland could read and understand simple instructions and only 65% could read, understand and answer questions on a grade 2 level comprehension passages. These low scores are caused, in part, by a dearth of teachers trained in phonetic instruction and a lack of instructional and reading materials that take a phonetic approach.

The Big Idea

This project implemented effective reading programs in primary grades 1 and 2 in Garoe–Puntland by emphasizing increased teacher to student contact hours, ensuring the availability of textbooks, and training teachers how to effectively teach reading.

Results

Two sets of approaches were compared in 20 schools (10 treatment and 10 control schools).

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