Drakkar Ltd.

Encouraging a culture of reading by providing Kinyarwanda storybooks, school-based mentors, and training to teachers

Drakkar Ltd.

Encouraging a culture of reading by providing Kinyarwanda storybooks, school-based mentors, and training to teachers


Project Name

Improving Reading and Writing Capacity in Primary Grades

Location Implemented

Rwanda

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Education Development Center, Pearson, and the Rwandan Education Board (REB)

The Challenge

Rwandans do not have a culture of reading and neither schools nor parents have adequate resources to ensure that children are introduced to reading at an early age. Very few children's books by Rwandan authors are available, further inhibiting the development of a reading culture.

The Big Idea

The project encouraged a culture of reading in Rwanda by providing support to, and training of, school-based mentors to improve teachers’ instructional practices, including through the incorporation of read aloud approaches; increasing access to Kinyarwanda storybooks in targeted schools and local bookstores; and developing local capacity to produce Kinyarwanda stories, including through a national story writing competition designed to develop a children’s book market for authors.

Results

More than 50,000 storybooks were translated into Kinyarwanda, printed, and shipped to the project’s 240 primary schools. Each school received 35 copies of the six different volumes from Drakkar’s Junior Africa Writers series, one for every two children in an average P1–P4 classroom. There were 148 school-based mentors and 55 headmasters trained to conduct a read-aloud lesson and to use four reading comprehension classroom pedagogical strategies. Mentors brought these methods to Kinyarwanda teachers in 162 schools.

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Website

http://drakkarworld.com/

Organization Type

For Profit

Headquarters

Rwanda

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