We aim to build the capacity of local volunteers to lead our EduLit clubs and promote education in the community more widely through our 50 community-led education centres named ‘Spots’. We will do this through training and mentoring, also providing African books & context-specific literacy boxes.
222,000 females and 214,000 males aged 15-24 were illiterate in Ghana in 2018 (UNESCO). The pandemic has exposed the stark inequality in the Ghanaian education system, revealing the limited infrastructure and poor educational resources in rural regions of the Country (ResearchGate 2020). There is a shortage of literacy resources that reflect the local context with our own and wider research demonstrating the link between books mirroring students’ contexts, and their engagement in reading.
We will develop our existing EduLit literacy programme which currently supports over 40 local volunteers, most of whom are trained teachers, in leading EduLit clubs in 15 communities. We will provide further training and mentoring and strengthen our existing model of monthly challenges. We will develop and deliver physical ‘EduLit’ boxes with context-specific literacy resources, alongside developing an online resource hub and purchasing much requested books by African authors.