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Literacy for Academic Achievement & Community Development through Seven Strengths Model impacting schools, families & Communities

LitWorld's Seven Strengths Literacy Education for All

The model uses literacy as tool for self-empowerment guided by LitWorld’s 7 strengths curriculum- Belonging, Curiosity, Kindness, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope - sessions held for joyful learning, creative play and social interaction. See; XINHUA NEWS AGENCY - 2019
Maimbolwa Muliwana, Country Coordinator
"Empowerment starts with Education", Unknown Author

Maimbolwa Muliwana, Country Coordinator


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Literacy for Academic Achievement and Community Development

The following are the current challenges in the education sector (focusing on literacy education) in the three countries: (a) High illiteracy rates in schools and targeted communities (b) Low value for education for education among key stakeholders (parents, stakeholders) (c) Poor Learners academic performance (d) Narrow interventions /solutions which are not holistic.

The intervention is holistic in all areas of literacy and targets all key stakeholders (parents, learners, duty bearers). It uses literacy as a tool for self-empowerment guided by 7 strengths curriculum- Belonging, Curiosity, Kindness, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope - weekly sessions held for joyful learning, creative play and social interaction. LitClubs serves primary school girls and also mothers of all ages. This is "Literacy for Academic Achievement & Community Development"

Primary school girls and boys from grades 4 and 5 (who are between the ages 11 – 14 years) to grade 7 and also mothers of all ages.

The targeted pupils shall attend weekly literacy sessions which will take them through step by step interactive lessons and community building activities that are highly participatory. The sessions are conducted in both English and the local language. The members will know the value of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as powerful tools in literacy as they engage in their daily activities. The Literacy Clubs Curriculum are developed around the following seven strengths: • Belonging: Identifying as a needed, loved, and respected member of one’s family, community, and world as a whole • Curiosity: Fostering a willingness to explore new territory and test new theories • Friendship: Having close, trusting relationships with others • Kindness: Being tender towards others in the world who are in need, both near and far Confidence: Thinking independently and expressing ideas with assurance Courage: The strength to do something that you know is right, even though it may be difficult • Hope: Thinking optimistically and believing that today’s efforts will produce good things in the future for yourself and for the world. 

The revolutionary Literacy Clubs and Literacy Camps cultivate social-emotional development by building resilience and literacy skills together. Guided by “7 Strengths” – Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage and Hope – trained mentors create safe and supportive communities where children learn to value their own and other stories, become powerful readers, and use literacy as a guide as they learn to navigate their lives and tell their own stories. The outcomes include an increase of confidence, empathy, academic achievement, and overall love of learning in the student and the parents, increased communication and engagement in education of your children. Involves all forms of communication as part of literacy. Unlike other literacy interventions, this is "Literacy for Academic Achievement and Community Development"


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“The Home is the child’s first School, The Parent is the child’s first Teacher, And Reading is the child’s first Subject”    -Barbara Bush
PISA Report - Zambia
Programmes for International Student Assessment (PISA) Report for Zambia released by OECD in December 2018 reviewed that 95% of grade seven (7) pupils are unable to achieve the minimum level of proficiency in reading. FineReads ANCEFA Gp-education # copied from ZANEC
Feature: English reading sessions help improve literacy levels in Zambian communities - Xinhua |
Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-11 20:02:19|Editor: xuxin, March 11 (Xinhua) -- "I used to be very shy and had difficulties in reading and understanding things. I am now assertive because I can read and write," said Bisha Mwale, a sixth grader at Mutambe Primary School in the Zambian capital city of Lusaka. She owed her improvement to a literacy enrichment program called LitClubs, which is provided by GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia in partnership with non-profit literacy organization LitWorld. LitClubs are weekly sessions held after class for joyful learning, creative play and social interaction. The project started in Zambia in January 2017 and has been serving hundreds of children and adults in Lusaka and Zambia's southern city of Livingstone. Whenever the club members meet, they read aloud stories from children's storybooks, recite poems or act out sketches. Some parents pointed out that their children's reading and writing skills had made big headway. "Community reading sessions has helped my daughter to be more assertive and interested in school and her academic performance has improved tremendously." Emelda Banda, a mother of one club member in Lusaka, told Xinhua Saturday. "She is even able to understand news items and explain them to me," the mother said. Banda also mentioned that the reading sessions had helped reduce illiteracy levels in communities where they are carried out. Some adults have even been encouraged to go back to school because they have realized the importance of being able to read and write, she added. But what makes community reading sessions successful? Sanyambe Mutambezi Mweemba, a coordinator of GYT Zambia, has an idea. "Our curriculum does not teach the intricacies of reading and writing of phonetics and grammar. Instead, we create a space where members can reflect on their own stories and curiosities through the read aloud and discussions around literacy activities," said Mweemba. LitClubs and community read aloud sessions help communities to develop a love of learning that also help them improve their cognitive and academic performance in school or other informal learning settings, she said. She further suggested reading aloud at home, in workplaces, orphanages, seniors' homes, hospices and hospitals. Reading aloud have many benefits such as easing tensions, stress and pain, relaxation, as well as enhancing people's bond, according to Mweemba. A UNESCO global education monitoring report said if all students in low-income countries left school with elementary reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 percent cut in world poverty


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