Friends of Matènwa

Creating and distributing children-authored books in Creole to address the shortage of Creole reading materials and to foster a love of reading in children

Friends of Matènwa

Creating and distributing children-authored books in Creole to address the shortage of Creole reading materials and to foster a love of reading in children


Project Name

Mother Tongue Books: Learning to Read in Haiti

Location Implemented

Haiti

Technology Used

Hardware

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Matenwa Community Learning Center

The Challenge

Literacy in Matènwa is dismally low. Homes have virtually no books in any language. There are no libraries and hardly any informational written materials. One of the major challenges has been the lack of books in Creole for early readers.

The Big Idea

Demonstrated the transferability and effectiveness of a reading instruction approach developed in rural Haiti and based on student-created books written in their mother tongue of Haitian Creole as well as English and French.

Results

50 student-authored mother tongue books selected for professional printing.

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

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Website

https://www.matenwa.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Cambridge, MA

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