8.01 Helen Papworth; Angela Raven-Roberts

Reimagining lives and trajectories: Innovations in literacy and development projects in Ethiopia

Literacy enables people to connect and diversify across time and throughout the world. But developing the skills to read and write does not come easily to most children in Ethiopia. Many face barriers to learning such as a lack of suitable teaching and learning resources and little or no supplementary reading materials. Added to these problems are large class sizes and teachers who lack sufficient training to teach literacy skills. This is compounded in areas where minority languages are spoken which can make written communication difficult. In this panel we would like to look at how childrens literacy is being improved in Ethiopia. This could be through studies into the development of learning resources and supplementary materials, including graded reading books and mother-tongue language materials, as well as picture and storybooks. It could also identify improvements in education such as the training of teachers to increase literacy levels. The aim of the panel would be to identify good practice in literacy teaching in Ethiopian (both in formal and non formal learning) and the availability and use of resources to enable childrens literacy levels to improve.


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