To empower parents to facilitate household based reading and learning activities and increase access to reading materials in households
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A household based reading session. Children reading supported by a Mother and a community based reading facilitator
Household based Reading and Learning project
This project will be implemented by PeerLink Initiative Uganda (PELI-U) a community rooted organization that works through a community library and empowerment center model (Nyarushanje Community Library and empowerment center). PELI-U will work with the community library team and community based reading facilitators to implement the project.
The project seeks to empower parents/care givers to facilitate household based reading and learning materials in rural Ugandan community. The project will reach out to 45 rural based households (7 people per households x 45 = 315 children and care givers/parents) from the 9 nine parishes (Bwanga, Nyabushenyi, Kisiizi, Ibanda, Bunono, Burora, Ihunga, Ndago and Ruyonza) of Nyarushanje Subcounty, Rubabo County, Rukungiri District in South Western Uganda.
The project focuses on increasing access to reading and learning materials at household and community level. This will be done through selection of readers from online resources (Reading A-Z, African story books etc.) print and bind them at the library and distribute them to the households. We will also work with 56 community based primary school teachers from 14 primary schools (4 teachers per school) provide them with basic computer training to enable them type the curriculum content avail it in soft copy and we will make print outs and deliver to the households. The households will be guided by the library team and community based reading facilitators to come up with household based reading and learning activities that include a weekly household reading sessions (1 reading hour involving the children and the parents/care giver), oral literature sessions that focus on folk tales, riddles, proverbs, music dance an drama, play time, and time for focusing on curriculum content.
Alongside reading and learning activities household improvement activities will be encouraged at household level that include putting in place tippy taps for hand washing, improved sanitation and latrine facilities, boiling drinking water and emphasis on nutrition.
A culture of literacy and self-guided learning and teaching is promoted in households, schools and communities
Objective 1: Parents/Care givers have the capacity to facilitate household based reading and learning activities.
Objective 2: Primary school teachers have the capacity to integrate Information Communication Technology into the teaching and learning process.
Objective 3: Increase access to reading and learning materials to households and community members through the community based satellite libraries
Objective 4: Community based reading facilitators have the capacity to spearhead household reading activities and equip parents and caregivers to independently hold reading sessions with their children.
Objective 5: Household members appreciate, love and provide a supportive environment for reading
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
My name is Olivia Mugabirwe a teacher trainer at Makerere University in Uganda. Alongside teaching i'm a community development activist and have been greatly involved in community development work through PeerLink Initiative Uganda (PELI-U) which i founded in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tR7LTvhzJA AVF Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViOfOjqUVvc PELI-U pitch 2017
Over years i have observed continued decline in parental involvement in the education of their children and growing up in a rural community and interacting closely with households i know most households do not have a supportive reading and learning enviroment.