Literacy with WFP

One of the outcomes of the project is publication of 10 children’s storybooks. Illustrations from a book made it to BIG exhibition in AFCC 2019 (bit.ly/AFCC19). Full of exciting stories and vivid illustrations, the storybooks are in children’s hands.

All 10 Storybooks

To assist the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in meeting its education targets set out in SDG4, UN World Food Programme (WFP) is implementing their 'School Feeding Programme' – an endeavor that combines 'health and nutrition' as well as 'literacy skills' components for children in pre-primary and primary schools.

USDA/WFP has entrusted Room to Read with the literacy segment of the endeavor. With permission from GoB's Ministry of Education, we are delivering engaging and evidence-based training for teachers to help improve their classroom instruction capacity. As part pf the project, we are supporting head-teachers and officials of the local government with governance, transparency and management practices.

All 87 Government Primary Schools (including 11 Madrasas) in Ukhiya and 59 in Kutubdia sub-districts are included in the project. Given our community-level program planning and review practices, every one of these schools and adjacent communities are our partners in the concerted effort to increase quality literacy and minimize school dropouts. On the statutory level, we are proud to be partners with the Government of Bangladesh and the following organizations:

The Spotlight

We have developed 10 new storybooks by consulting the community people and working with local authors and illustrators. These richly illustrated titles feature stories local children can relate to and are awaiting Government signoff.

Inside Scoop

Through this project, we have organized teacher training on literacy, Bengali reading instruction, the management of classroom library, pedagogy etc. The local government officials and head-teachers also attended.

Impact story

As the children begin to experience our scientific teaching methods in print-rich classrooms with a library established inside each – we hope to meet toddlers interested to share their experience with us. We will then bring the stories to you.

In the media

Project’s launching event hit local media and a few online media outlets. The ‘program consultation workshop’ with local government officials also made news. As the project progresses, we will be focusing stronger media engagement.

This project comes with many exciting targets – some enlist qualitative change while others are trackable numbers, ranging from training sessions to students’ level of competency. While we conduct an assessment for the latter, we're excited to share the data we have received on a few deliverables.

Over the course of three years, we will directly benefit 45,012 students (of Grade 1 & 2) in 146 institutions. At present, 38,052 (85% of our target) students attend school. We have included all of them in our project.

Early-grade teachers have received training on Bengali literacy instruction, pedagogy and library management. Head-teachers and local government officials of the education sector also received some of these training. We will be on-boarding 146 community mobilizers who will motivate community people to attend school activities, strengthen School Management Committee (SMC), and support teachers in holding literacy-focused events.

NOTE: The ‘target’ numbers (listed under A, B and C program components) are 3-year figures, and the figures in % represent how much of the individual tasks is accomplished. The numbers are of two types: (i) numbers that are to be achieved at the beginning of the project (for example, we have reached all 146 primary education institutions at once and will continue working there till year 2020), and (ii) numbers that would gradually grow and, as expected, match the 'target' figure as the project progresses (for example, we would print and distribute books throughout the project timeline, and also replace damaged/misplaced copies with new ones).

In October, the team will review quarterly progress with two implementing partners. A minimum of two joint site visits in each sub-district will be done to ensure monitoring of activities and extend any necessary support to field teams.

In November, project team will consult stakeholders around updates and improvement of program delivery. Monthly site visits for monitoring and support will continue besides publication of children’s mag and midline assessment on children’s reading skills.

In December, project progress will be shared with local government education offices in two sub-districts. Project team will convene over a monthly meeting and go through the activities accomplished and challenges overcame.

Project resources are listed in three categories. Do look at our new storybooks produced as part of the project. Below, you can browse for photos and videos highlighting the project's activities and the impact they are having in the lives of children and the community people. And here is our project brochure.


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