Utilizing a phonic and syllabic approach to reading in their mother tongue, Enlightening the Hearts Literacy Campaign accelerates students’ ability to develop a second language
Enlightening the Hearts Literacy Campaign: Training for Transformation (TfT)
Grant Competition 2011
Reading Skill Targeted
Less than 75% of grade 6 children in Ghana are able to read and write at proficiency level after six years of schooling (Ministry of Education, Annual Education Performance review, 2012). Despite the large education sector investments made by Ghana's government over the last 20 years (on average between 10-12% of GDP), the public primary education system is unable to provide children with sufficient support to ensure that students are able to attain basic reading and writing skills after several years of schooling.
The Big Idea
This project utilized a phonic and syllabic approach in the student’s mother tongue. This methodology is an accelerated literacy approach that ensures children are able to read in their first language and use these same literacy skills to fully develop capabilities in a second language. Central to the theory of change is that the teacher is the main facilitator of learning at the classroom level and their attitudes, competencies and behavior have a lifelong impact on the learners.
8,434 copies of EHL primers in four languages (Ewe, Akuapim Twi, Asante Twi, and Fante) were distributed to 200 schools with accompanying manuals for 430 teachers, 450 supplementary readers were distributed to 25 schools with reading clubs, and 860 posters were given to teachers in 200 schools. Multiple teacher training workshops were conducted for 230 teachers and head teachers. According to its evaluation, over 40% of learners moved from ‘illiteracy to ‘literacy’ within the nine-month cycle in the 4 districts.
Blogs and Media
- ACR GCD in the News // Ghana News Agency // February 12, 2013
Ghana-based NGO wins international award
- ACR GCD in the News // Ghana News Agency // December 6, 2012
USAID and Partners launch programme to improve early grade reading
Research and Resources
Olinga Foundation for Human DevelopmentOligna Foundation for Human Development shares the ACR GCD-funded results of their project focused on teacher training to improve reading outcomes for children in Ghana.
Olinga Foundation for Human Development / Leslie Casely-HayfordOlinga Foundation for Human Development shares their ACR GCD-funded innovation to implement a new phonic and syllabic approach for teaching children in Ghana to read in their local language.
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