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Africa Literacy project – Volunteers bridge education gap for poor children in Africa

Sunday, December 6th, 2015 @ 6:12 AM
Africa Literacy project aimed at reaching children in poor villages, where children are learning under trees. This is where our volunteers go. This is the classroom for these children. Critical need for volunteers

Africa Literacy project aimed at reaching children in poor villages, where children are learning under trees. This is where our volunteers go. This is the classroom for these children. Critical need for volunteers

In places in Africa where we create volunteer work opportunities, a major issue promoting poverty cycle is the education system where admission to high schools and colleges are based on uniform testing standards nationwide. This unfair competition has further reduced the chances for children from poor villages in Africa to progress to high school or college. These are the villages in Africa we need volunteers. In these countries in Africa where we have volunteer opportunities, the good high schools and the few colleges are highly dominated by children from the cities with well-resourced schools and from upper class parents. With our volunteers in Africa, we are contributing to closing this gap.

 

The poor children from the villages our volunteers work in Africa, mostly drop out of school or settle for another poorly resourced high school.

This makes an already difficult situation worse, where they are not able to make it to a college or with an employable skill, making education seem as a wasted effort to some. In our attempt to improve lives of children in poor communities through education, with our little resources and people volunteering in Africa, one of our strategies is improving the children’s ability to read and understand what they read, the Africa literacy project. Thus in the absence of teachers, given textbooks, they can read and discuss among themselves. Currently our resources and our volunteer programs in Africa cannot provide the needed teachers. With the Africa literacy project, we are providing volunteers to supplement the efforts of local teachers and to further boost the effort of the children working harder. Our volunteers in Africa Care, Teach, Build, Play, Explore and Learn, bonding with the children through games, drama, after school programs and help with home-work, etc. These enable our volunteers in Africa to positively influence the children.

 

School Children receiving storybooks to read through our Africa literacy project

School Children receiving storybooks to read through our Africa literacy project

Yes we are helping in other ways including providing classroom desks and chairs, scholarship for those who make it to high school or college but without the means to pay the fees and the placement of volunteers to compliment the efforts of the limited teachers, children and families committed to education. The Africa literacy project currently is covering English language literacy because English though is the language of instruction in school in parts of Africa where we place volunteers, it is not the mother tongue of these children and most of their parents cannot speak English. All textbooks, tuition and examination of every subject apart from languages subjects, are in English. Lack of teachers and/or educational materials is making it difficult for the children to do well in English language, thus affecting their performance in all other subjects. By improving their ability to read, speak and understand the English language, through the

Africa Literacy project

we are removing a big barrier. This is the reason why we are serious on this Africa literacy project. We sure will expand it to cover science and other relevant literacy areas but on our opportunity cost list, this is what we must do now and we need your help to maintain the Africa literacy project.

 

The English literacy project is designed to cover children in middle school education. We are also employing three driving strategies. A) We are providing story books written by local writers with places, names and events that the children can easily identify with as the starting point for any new village school we include. B) We are providing the books for the children in groups of two to four people, averaging ten books per class. This is a strategy to use the academically talented to pull up the weak ones. It is also a strategy to promote group studies among the children. A strategy to protect the books since there is more accountability when there is a group leader and the book is a group property. And a strategy to cover more schools since it is not a book per child. C) We are providing story books with stories that they can relate to and shall inspire, educate and challenge them.

 

A volunteer helping a girl read to the class from the storybooks we provide.

A volunteer helping a girl read to the class from the storybooks we provide.

How can I help? You may ask. Our first need is for you to share this article and please donate to help us buy books and word learning board games. Click here to donate through a gofundme account we approve of.

 

Our second help but most critical need is for volunteers willing to spend time to introduce the books to the children, spice their interest to read, be a source of inspiration and hope for them to persevere and learn harder. We need volunteers willing to spend time to test the children on what they have read, so we can reward those who do well as a means of inspiring others to do well. We need volunteers willing to help the children learn new words as they read the book, improve their diction and make the reading more of a fun than a task. We need volunteers who will introduce and teach the children learning games like scrabble so we can provide these to the schools to encourage word learning. We need volunteers to help us organize competitions among the children of different schools to give them more reasons to love learning. All these will help us position them in a better place to compete for better high schools or colleges. These are some of the reasons why we need you. Please help us make a difference. Help us change the lives of these children by choosing to volunteer in Africa with us. You can join our group mission trip to Care, Teach, Build, Play, Explore and Learn or apply to volunteer as an individual. There is no fee to apply so please click here to apply today.
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