The Asia Foundation

Improving parent-school and parent-child relationships through the development of relevant reading materials for students and teaching aids for parents and educators

The Asia Foundation

Improving parent-school and parent-child relationships through the development of relevant reading materials for students and teaching aids for parents and educators


Project Name

Labarik Aprende Lee (Children Learn to Read)

Location Implemented

Timor-Leste

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Alola Foundation & Institutu Mary MacKillop

The Challenge

Children in Timor-Leste are at a significant disadvantage for obtaining basic literacy and numeracy skills; many children spend years in primary schools without learning to read. The Government of Timor-Leste promotes Portuguese and Tetum as the country’s official languages, yet many children struggle to acquire literacy in either language due to resource-deprived educational environments in schools. Primary school teachers often have limited skills and teaching materials.

The Big Idea

This project aimed to improve children’s literacy skills by developing innovative and relevant reading materials, producing high-quality reading and teaching aids for educators and parents, and facilitating training for pre- and primary school teachers and workshops for parents to foster literacy within the home.

Results

Students (or those whose teachers/parents were involved) demonstrated improved literacy through higher test scores. Teachers reported they are better able to create supportive learning environments for students and that this is influencing children’s ability to learn. Mothers and fathers reported increased confidence and a sense of responsibility in supporting their children’s education in both the school and home-environment, improving parent-school and parent-child relationships.

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Website

http://asiafoundation.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Dili, Timor-Leste

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