DAYO has received a Youth Grant from USAID through RTI for the implementation of an innovative learning aid program for APBET pupils in class 1, 2 and 3 within Mombasa in Kenya. The project seeks to address key leaning challenges affecting pupils in class 1, 2 and 3 not to know how to read fluently while attending school at that level. These challenges are highlighted in the Tusome Evaluation Study, August 8th 2014: lack of “active learning” practices, teachers ratio per child is low, poor training or instructional practice as well has no standard measure point, families lack basic resources, lack proper sanitation, some households with no children’s books while 2 percent of households have a computer as others live in homes where books are never or almost never read aloud to them, de-motivated teacher with less in job training and proper teaching guides, no family or moral support due to lack of value for education and lack of textbooks all resulting in pupils inability to read fluently by the time they complete class 1, 2and 3.
This program envisions that, for the class 1, 2 and 3 pupils from APBET within the 1 cluster, an improvement of the school environment (the quality of teaching attitudes and parents engagement); the Childs’ community (parents/primary care givers, community gate keepers/resource persons) as well as government policies and their implementation, the pupils in this level shall enroll, attend, stay in school and ultimately improve their reading ability.
To improve reading ability of 2,500 pupils in class 1, 2 and 3 from the APBET in Mombasa County by the end of September, 2018.
To inculcate the culture of reading at home for APBET class 1, 2 and 3 pupils through increasing the interest of parents in their children’s education.
To improve engagement of APBET schools to safe keep and handle the learning materials properly.
As stated above DAYO intend to achieve the project goal through 2 strategic objectives that are discussed above through;
Interventions at the community
The major activities mini milestones under this pillar include:
- Community sensitization through community owned resource persons (gatekeepers),
- Community sensitization through parents’ teachers association,
- Community advocacy supporting school attendance and learning supports,
- Safe keeping and handling of reading materials,
- Community reading centers at community halls,
- Talking walls will be done in each school within the 1 clusters we work with (both support from Tusome, DAYO and school itself)
- Mobile community library during exhibition.
- At the community engagement sensitization forums there will also be use of thespian doing art of plays, comic drama, and coral verse and puppetry methodologies used to effectively deliver information.
Interventions at the school
- Capacity building teachers on safe keeping and handling of learning materials.
- Providing book shelves as well starting and maintaining the mobile libraries.