Topic — Education

The Opportunity for Scalable Whole-Class Digital Learning

Field Note — Published .

The teachers and students at Potou Elementary School now have ongoing access to digital resources the whole class can enjoy. The CyberSmart Africa team continues to support them to use digital content – from maps to math – as part of classroom learning. The teachers and students use a large interactive screen so that the

Back to Basics: Tackling Low-Levels of Learning in Chichewa

Field Note — Published .

My work takes me to very different countries each time- Ghana, Nigeria, India, Malawi. These countries are very different in terms of the language spoken, food, culture everything. In the many years that I have been travelling, I have noticed a few common things. Visiting classrooms, we often see a teacher standing in front of

Millennium Villages takes on cognitive science to help children read

Field Note — Published .

Children gather at the village learning center just as the sun dives behind the hills of Mwandama, in southern Malawi. It is winter in the southern hemisphere and the temperature is mellow. About 40 children dressed in rags and looking small for their age nimbly sit on the ground, in front of a small delapidated

Workshop to Improve Literacy in Millennium Villages

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In late September, MVP education team members from New York, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya gathered for a workshop hosted by MVP Mwandama in Malawi to share ideas and approaches to teaching children basic literacy. The workshop included local partner organizations also focusing on literacy in the Zomba Rural district, including representatives from Save the

Community-Based Support for Education in Ghana’s Millennium Villages

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It takes a village to raise a child… and a child’s school. While education initiatives in the Bonsaaso village cluster in Ghana, are largely led by Millennium Villages Project, several communities are offering their own ways of local support. The most common contribution by the communities is school building construction: classrooms, teachers’ cottages, administrative offices

Going back to the basics: Promoting literacy in Malawi

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Global attention is increasingly being drawn to learning levels of students in school, particularly literacy. Students in low income countries often drop out of school early, and leave either illiterate or with very limited reading abilities. For those who do remain in school, they are often found to have very poor reading skills, even in later

Boosting Community Education Workers in Nigeria

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Since 2010, the Millennium Village of Pampaida in northern Nigeria has made many positive developments including notable increases in primary school attendance. Throughout the cluster of villages, schools have also become a integral part of Pampaida’s development infrastructure and an invaluable resource for the community. With the cooperation between the community, local government and the MVP team,

Library books transform learning in Ruhiira Millennium Village

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“For the first time, we are getting story books to read at home. We have never had anything like this before. My favorite book is “The Clever Little Hare,”” said Martha Tusimire, a primary seven pupil of Ngoma primary school in Ruhiira Millennium Village. Martha and her fellow students are the first beneficiaries of the

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