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
Mother Tongue Books: Learning to Read in Haiti
Grant Competition 2011
Reading Skill Targeted
Matènwa Community Learning Center
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.
More than 200 student-authored mother tongue books available at educavision.com.
Mother tongue books (MTB) on Google play
A collection of digital books written by children for children & translated into other languages.
Blogs and Media
- ACR GCD in the News // Public Radio International // December 22, 2014
This village school in Haiti helped propel a national movement to teach kids in Creole
- ACR GCD in the News // Le Nouvelliste // December 5, 2013
Five exemplars receive the Lucienne Deschamps Humanitarian Award
Research and Resources
Seven Year Old Haitian Girl Reads Her Mother Tongue BookA seven-year-old girl on the island of Lagonav reads her own book that she illustrated and wrote in Creole.
Mother tongue books (MTB) on Google playA collection of digital books written by children for children & translated into other languages.
Friends of Matènwa / Christine LowFriends of Matènwa shares their ACR GCD-funded innovation to support children to create their own books and share them with one another to practice reading.
International Mother Language Day Innovator Spotlight WebinarLearn from ACR GCD-funded Whiz Kids Workshop and Friends of Matenwa about innovative projects to promote and improve early grade reading in Ethiopia and Haiti.
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