Mobilizing community members to submit favorite local stories and folktales and distributing the stories, along with comprehension questions, to early grade students and their families via SMS.
Makhalidwe Athu (“Our Way of Staying”)
Grant Competition 2014
Reading Skill Targeted
In Zambia, children’s ability to master foundational literacy skills has been inhibited by limited access to reading materials, especially in local languages. Despite recent gains in student reading scores and reading instruction, the lack of supplemental materials in local languages prevents parents and community members from supporting children in reading outside of school. Without these materials, children do not have adequate opportunities to practice reading, and continue to demonstrate poor reading skills.
The Big Idea
This project mobilizes community members to help author early grade reading materials by submitting their favorite local stories and folktales through SMS message, voice recording or web form. A literacy expert edited the stories to be grade-level appropriate and parents received them through a series of SMS messages along with comprehension questions to ask their children. This method facilitates parental involvement in their child’s reading and reinforces the importance of practicing reading daily.
Approximately 1,200 students and 40 school communities
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Research and Resources
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Mobile reading project brings local tales homeACR GCD-funded innovator Creative Associates shares more about its 18-month Makhalidwe Athu project to improve the reading skills of more than 1,200 students in Zambia's eastern province.
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