What we want to do:
We want to see children (girls and boys) read with comprehension in primary school.
What is the problem?
- According to the RESEN 2014, in 2000, it was estimated that only 51% of adults between the ages of 22 and 44 could read easily after reaching grade 6 in the Chadian education system. In 2004, the situation was even worse: only 47% of adults between the ages of 22 and 44 were able to read easily after six years of study.
- The 2010 MICS survey indicates that only 39% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 who had access to school were able to read easily after completing primary schooling.
- A significant proportion of students do not master the most basic notions that are essential for triggering learning. For example, many grade 2 students do not master concepts like the alphabet, the building of simple sentences or the understanding of a very short text.
How is World Vision addressing the issues?
- In Chad, our teams are focused on one aspect of quality education, reading. We are doing this by using a project model called Unlock Literacy (which was originally developed as part of Save the Children's educational model called Literacy Boost).
- The implementation of this project is special because requires active participation by all stakeholders, including school authorities, teachers, parents, communities, Community and Faith-based organisations. For the program to work, communities commit their time and resources to facilitate ‘reading camps/clubs’ (a time set aside for children to practice their reading under the supervision from community representatives). Parents are also urged to support the reading habits of their children. Finally, teachers are taught to teach in a different way and government education authorities are urged to commit funding resources from their budgets and supervision resources to ensure trained teachers are supported in their new skills.
What's the impact?*
- 185 reading camps/clubs have been set up in communities
- 388 community volunteers have been trained as reading camps facilitators
- 11,796 children participate in reading camps/clubs activities in the communities
- 685 teachers have been trained on Unlock Literacy project model methodologies. Those teachers are working with 30,867 grade 1, 2 and 3 primary school students in schools.
*Numbers from Sept. 2017-Oct. 2018