Through our Malawi Literacy for Empowerment through Action Research and Networking (M-LEARN) Technical Programmes, we are improving the literacy rate as well as the knowledge of essential life skills of boys and girls.
In order to achieve this ambitions goal, our staff work with caregivers, primary school teachers, local education authorities and the central government to help make the learning and teaching process effective. Our staff, who are based in the field, interact with the learners on a regular basis and know first-hand the challenges children face. As a result, they are able to identify obstacles and potential solutions.
Our work in the education sector is focused on building the capacity of the teachers in 673 Early Child Development (ECD) centers, improving the educational opportunities for 78,000 children. We have also facilitated the establishment of 1,980 reading camps, which are supporting the reading skills of 171,783 learners. All of these efforts are being done to contribute to the increased reading abilities of 427,730 students in Malawi, through 1,228 schools across the country.
Unlock Literacy (UL) is a set of interventions that involve reading assessments, teacher training on reading instruction and community action to improve the learner’s reading skills. This programme is one of the main models our teams are using to help learners attain age-appropriate literacy skills.
And, to make reading interesting and engaging, we are promoting the development of supplementary reading materials in local languages through a software programme called Shell books. This programme improves learners’ acquisition of five core learning areas and while also teaching skills associated with functional literacy.