Ref N° 457

Assist the Ministry of Education in Enhancing Literacy Teaching in Supporting: 1) The Development of the Literacy Teaching Manuals and Learner Support Materials for Daily Classroom Teaching. 2) Educators’ Training in Literacy in Mother Tongue and English

Country
Namibia
Client
EUD
Overall project value (EUR)
€ 286 874
Origin of funding
EC
Proportion carried out by legal entity
50%
Consortium members
Cambridge Education (FWC BENEF Lot 9)
Start date
January 2014
End date
November 2014
Number of staff provided
270 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

An underlying cause of the poor quality and internal inefficiency of the general education system in Namibia is that the majority of learners enter the system without the pre-requisite learning readiness. The Ministry of Education and Development Partners regard the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) as a key instrument for monitoring learner acquisition of reading skills in early grades in primary schools. Results of an EGRA Pilot Study reveal the need to develop literacy teaching manuals and conduct educator training in all 13 curriculum languages to enhance the quality of literacy teaching and learning in Namibian schools. The objective of this consultancy is to support the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) in this process.

The assignment focuses on following tasks:

  • Development of literacy teaching manuals in thirteen curriculum Namibian languages by providing technical support to the local experts in Namibian Languages;
  • Pilot the literacy teaching manuals in the sample schools to ascertain their relevance to the curriculum and the teaching and learning context;
  • Review the literacy teaching manuals based on the outcomes of the pilot;
  • Train educators in the use and implementation of the literacy teaching manuals and the learners’ support materials.

Type of services provided

Cambridge Education provides the services of a Senior Lower Primary Education Expert/Team Leader and PROMAN the services of Literacy Expert who:

  • Develop a work plan, time schedule and Inception Report;
  • Develop a draft training manual for training JP classroom teachers in early grades reading and writing;
  • Develop versions of the English Language Model in local languages;
  • Train trainers, revise training manuals and prepare for regional training workshops;
  • Monitor and support the training of JP teachers, collect impact data on teachers’ knowledge;
  • Draft present and revise Final Report.

PROMAN shares responsibility for managing, backstopping and provision of quality control.

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