Do you know that developing countries are 100 years behind in education?
The Brookings Institution reports that education quality and levels in developing countries are approximately 100 years behind developed countries. This global gap in education shows that in the world’s poorest nations, the average levels of attainment are at levels achieved in developed countries in the early 20th century.
The report of the UN Secretary-General, Special edition: on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, shows that despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017, and more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.
Many developing countries still lack basic infrastructure and facilities to provide effective learning environments. Sub-Saharan Africa faces the biggest challenges: at the primary and lower secondary levels, less than half of schools have access to electricity, the Internet, computers and basic drinking water.
Globally, there has been little progress in the percentage of primary school teachers who are trained: it has been stagnating at about 85 per cent since 2015. The proportion is lowest in sub-Saharan Africa (64 per cent).
This is why we focus on providing education and literacy in poorer communities where we work.
And we are happy to report a lot of progress made with the literacy clubs established in the pilot schools.
Thank you again for your support in making lives better for our participants.
Implementation of Activities: To create awareness in the school, formulation of leaders and readers club and engaging children in literacy promotion activities.
School wide awareness campaign, formation of Leaders and Readers Club and promotion of literacy through reading and creative activities were carried out successfully from the two schools selected for the project.
Overall, 130 children including 8 teachers were reached and 109 participated directly in the group activities to promote literacy.
About 80 children including 5 teachers were reached through the school wide literacy campaign in Roman Catholic Mission primary School, Bebi, Obanliku, while 48 children participated in the literacy promotion activities and they formed the school readers club.
About 50 students including 3 teachers with Vice Principal Administrative and Librarian of the schools were reached through the school wide literacy campaign in Community Secondary School, Ijua, Busi Ward, Obanliku, and all the 50 students participated in the literacy promotion activities and they formed the school readers club.
About 607 people were reached in the two school through the school wide literacy campaign.
Formation of Leaders & Readers Club: 18 Students filled the form to join the club in CSS, Busi and 18 joined including 4 Teachers in RCM, Bebi
Key Milestone/ Deliverables
Literacy materials were given to all the participants in the 2 schools.
Reading materials were donated to the leaders and reader club in the two schools.
Refreshment was provided for the participants in the 2 schools.
Gifts were given to all group leaders according to their performance together with their team.
Next Steps - Monitoring
In the month of May. I visited my project schools twice. To help teachers and some of the children who are leading their class during Reading Time (volunteer facilitators) and see how they are progressing.
In February, we undertook Capacity Building to enhance the understanding of the volunteers and enlighten them about their roles on literacy through reading in the school. This was part of the training of Volunteers, and was carried out successfully in the two schools selected for the project.
18 students and 7 teachers including the school librarian, head of English department and Vice principal on Academic were trained about their roles on the promotion of literacy through reading in Community Secondary School, Ijua, in Busi Ward, Obanliku.
12 pupils and 9 teachers including the Head Teacher and the Deputy were trained about their roles on the promotion of literacy through reading in Roman Catholic Mission primary School, Obanliku.
About 128 people were indirectly reached. Refreshment was provided for the participants in the 2 schools. Training materials given to all the participants in secondary school. Training materials given to teachers only in primary school.
Overall, 46 volunteers were trained and enlightened about their roles on promotion of literacy through reading.
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