Open Learning Exchange-Ghana

Using the School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs), Ghana Reads introduces educational content for students and teachers to address the lack of high quality reading materials

Open Learning Exchange-Ghana
Children use tablets provided by the ACR GCD-funded project by Open Learning Exchange in Ghana.

Using the School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs), Ghana Reads introduces educational content for students and teachers to address the lack of high quality reading materials


Project Name

Ghana Reads

Location Implemented

Ghana

Technology Used

Hardware

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational

Status

Winner

The Challenge

Many schools in Ghana critically lack high quality reading material. Often the materials that are in schools are not aligned with the Ghanaian curriculum and are out of date. Words and short sentences may be written on the blackboard for children to sound aloud but the students themselves have little opportunity to read at their own pace.

The Big Idea

The Ghana Reads project installs and supports (through coaching) the use of School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs) that sit on Raspberry Pi, which provide text, audio and video content to schools. Content, some of which are in the mother tongue, included alphabet letters sound songs, oral passages and written passages, games focused on vocabulary building, comprehension passages with questions and answers and resources for teaching phonics and reading in general.

Results

6,633 learners accessed the BeLLs resources in 20 schools including 307 new resources. While the midterm evaluation report noted that, among students who used BeLL, literacy skills increased 13% overall, with the largest gains made in subtasks of linking sounds to letters and identifying fictional words, the endline evaluation established that there was a 98% (n=88) MD improvement in overall performance between midterm and end-line phases.

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Website

http://ghanareads.oleghana.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra Region

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