The Institute has developed a phonics-based literacy curriculum to address challenges around literacy and critical thinking in local schools. To tackle the issue of literacy a major focal point of this children’s program will be phonics. Phonics allows children to use their voice, identify sounds, recognize patterns, take risks, and engage in the process of problem solving. The curriculum includes a text book, learning game instructions, teaching aides, an 8-part audio recording series and Africa-specific alphabetical flash cards. In 2016 we worked in public schools in Beyin to begin implementing our program with great success and now are preparing to distribute the materials to broader areas for greater impact.
THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN GHANA TODAY
Although World Bank data suggests youth literacy rate is 87% in Ghana, students in rural public schools cannot read. Based on our work across the country, our team recognized literacy as a national problem.
Children have limited reading skills and because most teaching is rote – students are forced to memorize and
repeat texts with no comprehension.
Under this teaching style children do not learn to problem solve, do not develop critical thinking skills, and cannot comprehend text out of the memorized order.
It is important to use techniques that acknowledge English as a second language.
Building a Library
Second Language Learning. Although English is the official language of Ghana, many families in rural areas only speak their native dialects at home, and often parents and grandparents have little to know understanding of English.