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Starfish Malawi

Starfish Christmas Appeal 2017 - Equipping Children to read and write.

A unique bi-lingual alphabet sheet to support children in their first step towards learning to read and write, is soon to be launched. This will make teaching lively, interactive and multi-sensory.
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Did you know that currently 1 in 4 of Malawi's young adults cannot read and write in any language?   

As literacy is a “ladder out of poverty” (Morgan Freeman, backed by vast evidence!) we want to give children the best possible start in learning to read and write.  

However, this is no easy task – especially as they have two languages to master…. 

Although most families in Malawi speak Chichewa or other indigenous languages as their first language, the law requires that all children learn English throughout school and that other subjects are delivered in English from juniors upwards. A good grasp of English is required in Malawi for people to access information (there is a shortage of Internet content, newspapers etc. written in Chichewa), higher education, tertiary employment and global commerce. It has therefore become key in economic development.    

Starfish Malawi have launched a project to enhance the Malawian teacher’s own English fluency and  their understanding of effective, relevant teaching strategies for literacy in any language, which aims to preserve Chichewa as well.   

Literacy instruction in Malawi is often ‘dry’ but we know that children learn best when teaching is lively, interactive and multi-sensory. The Literacy Leaders have therefore designed a unique bi-lingual alphabet sheet , with accompanying actions and song to support children in this first step towards learning to read and write. For each letter there is a picture of something which either begins with or produces that sound in both English and Chichewa, to avoid confusion. Laminated and durable.

Would you be able to help us ensure as many children as possible, benefit  from this first reading and writing tool by donating to our Christmas Appeal?

Just £2 will provide laminated bi-lingual alphabet sheets for 40 children!  

£5 will provide sheets for 80 children and a large (A1) copy for whole class teaching.

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Starfish Malawi

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Our vision is a just world where every child is educated, healthy and cared for. We aim to reduce extreme poverty and build the Kingdom of God in the lives of children, through partnership work within communities, schools and churches in UK and Malawi. Information at peterbell@starfishmalawi.com

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