African Bush Camps Foundation raises money to allocate a teacher at both Hwange Main Primary School and at the remote Mambanje Primary School. These teachers play a pivotal role in educating the children and they are crucial to the community which they support. Last week these two gentlemen set out to the East of Zimbabwe to attend a Training Program on the Happy Readers Curriculum that we want to implement into the two schools. For Derick Phiri who has never traveled past Bulawayo before, this was a wonderful adventure also broadening his perspective on our country Zimbabwe.
The Happy Readers books help young children in Africa to become fluent in reading and speaking English, by overcoming the barriers that arise from not having enough appropriate reading material and by setting characters that the children can relate to. To read up more on these educational books visit http://www.happy-readers.com/
Mr Derick Phiri who teaches Grade 3s at Mambanje Primary School had the following to say after his training;
– “The Training was a success and well implemented. One thing that I learnt during the training was that the Happy Readers books are much easier to use and also that they are child friendly books.”
Mr Ndomelusi Masuku from Hwange Main Camp Primary School says;
– “The training team says teach a child to read, education beings with literacy, A child can learn to read and can read to learn. This motto on its own is inspiring. We learnt how the word cards can be fused in and how children can learn to read in play. These books will bring a lot of change to our children and this will make our children become more literate as they are struggling with literacy.”
We hope to run a Happy Reader training program in July in the Dete area and give Head Masters and Educators training on teaching and implementing these books and monitoring the outcomes. We hope to have children become more confident in their English and by the children taking the word cards and readers home as homework also get the community to become more literate and spreading the conservation message which is so important for people living on the outskirts of National Parks. It will benefit the young and older generations.