Creative Associates International

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

Creative Associates International
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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


Project Name

Makhalidwe Athu (“Our Way of Staying”)

Location Implemented

Zambia

Technology Used

Communications Technology

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2014

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

BreezeFM, BongoHive, University of Zambia (UNZA), Lubuto Library Project

The Challenge

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.

Results

Approximately 1,200 students and 40 school communities

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Website

http://creativeassociatesinternational.com

Organization Type

For Profit

Headquarters

Washington DC, USA

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