|For the project, each participating school will:
1) Be trained in and participate in the School Library Award
2) Be provided with an additional 100 contextually/curriculum relevant books
3) Trained in and set up reading clubs. A manual has been developed in a pilot project which provides activities for reading clubs (both general and specific to Ethiopian folktales – see http://www.ethiopianfolktales.com/). The reading club will also include outreach activities to promote community reading/storytelling, once every two months.
4) Receive a 1 Day Training programme, with follow up observations, in improved reading practice to introduce “bite-sizeâ€ storytelling or reading sessions lasting up to 20 minutes every day for each class and for all the grades.
5) Be trained in the teaching of phonics and provided with free phonic resources (Link Ethiopia has a partnership will the UK organisation THRASS who provide free phonic resources to schools). Currently Ethiopian schools do not teach phonics but the USAID 2010 report recommended its introduction.
6) Introduce peer reading activities through appointment of male and female class “reading champions”
7) Introduce “Reading Bee competition” to create reading culture and embedding libraries as the centre of learning activities within the schools.
8) Create a library link with an existing partner school in the UK including joint activities around particular books/folktales.
You can read & learn more on our Literacy Project page on our website.