Lubuto Library Project

Creating high-quality, mother-tongue materials through LubutoLiteracy, a low-cost digital platform that used local teachers to build lessons in seven languages

Lubuto Library Project
Three Zambian children using laptop.

Creating high-quality, mother-tongue materials through LubutoLiteracy, a low-cost digital platform that used local teachers to build lessons in seven languages


Project Name

LubutoLiteracy: Zambian teaching and learning materials for the digital age

Location Implemented

Zambia

Technology Used

Hardware

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training (MOESVT), including the Curriculum Development Centre and Zambian Library Service (ZLS)

The Challenge

In Zambia, many children, particularly those that are poor or out-of-school, are educated in overcrowded, under-resourced classrooms and have little access to any materials. Well-meaning efforts such as stand-alone book and computer donation programs are too often unsustainable or offer irrelevant or outdated materials. In addition, despite promising initial improvements in reading levels that emerged from the Primary Reading Programme’s emphasis on the use of local languages, progress has stalled.

The Big Idea

LubutoLiteracy created high-quality mother-tongue materials to teach children to read on an accessible, low-cost digital platform and sustainably deployed them at national scale in Zambia in partnership with government and other stakeholders. The interactive materials were developed locally by teachers and youth in line with the national curriculum and leverage the open access learning environment and outreach of Lubuto Libraries to particularly benefit highly vulnerable and out-of school children.

Results

An set of 101 lessons in IciBemba, ChiNyanja, ChiTonga, Silozi, KiiKaonde, Lunda and Luvale.

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

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Website

http://www.lubuto.org/home

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Washington, DC

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