World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day will be celebrated on Feb. 1st .

Of course many children do not have the luxury of having reading materials at home, due to poverty, illiterate parents or lack of a printed script for their local language.

So it is worth highlighting the importance of reading aloud where a teacher with only one book can at least share the joy of stories (with their illustrations) and foster an interest ,then love of reading.


In Tanzania we are working at pre-primary level,ensuring children who are more disadvantaged can not only access education but can enjoy learning through stories.


After a read aloud, during which children may volunteer to answer questions,predict what will happen next or re-enact part of the story, children will self select activities from the learning areas. They may work alone,in pairs or in small groups on activities dealing with family, health,environment learning practical skills and new content as well as their social and emotional development.

teacher Lucy cosmas Shinyanga

Read Aloud, Shinyanga,Tanzania


Group work 1Mtwara TP

Group work, Mtwara


Observer group work Mtwara TPTeacher observing group work, Mtwara


It is in the training that teachers learn new skills of story telling,which is more interactive than they may be used to.

story telling train 1


kode na kole

story telling 2

Working in small groups ensures teachers build confidence as well as skills.

role play parent poster

Using a poster for guidance,teachers learn to work with parents on story telling and early stimulation such as talking,playing and singing with their children from an early age.

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Role play ,using masks are practised during training.


health1 role

While using a story on malaria,teachers extend learning through the use of role play in health care situations.

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Teachers extend their minimal classroom resources by learning to make their own books.

Read Aloud Guide

Studies show that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. Furthermore, reading aloud improves listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and the understanding of common story themes and structures that will factor into children’s future success. Use the tips below to create a powerful, memorable read aloud experience. • Read the book beforehand to familiarize yourself with the story. Make note of places you want to stop and ask questions. • Be animated! Change your voice during the read aloud to match the expressions of the characters and emotions of the story; this will truly bring the text to life. • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits. • If your book has a lot of text, try a story walk instead of reading every word. A story walk is when you summarize what is happening on each page while pointing to the illustrations to help explain the action. • Ask questions out loud as you read. Ask listeners to predict what will happen next, how they would feel if they were in the story, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new. Limit your questions to one or two so they do not disrupt the flow of the story. • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the listeners’ lives and experiences.


Critical Reflections on the 2018 World Development Report

This post was prepared in response to the recent publication of the 2018 World Development Report, LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise, by Hikaru Komatsu and Jeremy Rappleye of Kyoto University Graduate School of Education. Their recent publications on international learning assessments include “Did the Shift to Computer-Based Testing in PISA 2015 affect reading scores? A……

via Critical Reflections on the 2018 World Development Report: If Learning is so Important then Why Can’t the World Bank Learn? by Hikaru Komatsu and Jeremy Rappleye — NORRAG

At least we are now taking LEARNING more seriously, as an outcome of schooling for all…..

The importance of community volunteers to increase students’ learning outcomes: the case of Educate Girls in India

Having been involved in community volunteers and early childhood education I can testify to the quality of many of these volunteers who come with a commitment to do their best for children who often miss out on educational opportunities.What is particularly important is their role in increasing equity, as children who are often disadvantaged by not speaking the national language or who,for no fault of their own , live too far away from the nearest school can access education and often are more ‘school ready’ than other children who have attended a pre-primary class (see example from Tanzania).


By Radhika Iyengar, Gita Johar, Lucia del Pilar Haro and Sarah Montgomery The idea of community members providing basic health services to local households has been in existence for 50 years. The health community has been effectively using Community Health Workers (CHW’s) to address the shortage of health staff in local clinics for many years. […]

via The importance of community volunteers to increase students’ learning outcomes: the case of Educate Girls in India — World Education Blog

Safe Schools: An Education Free from Violence

It is quite unbelievable that children may be scared to come to school because their teacher may beat them for ‘petty’ indiscipline, or be bullied on the way to school or in school. We have to take school violence, of any description,seriously.

[BRIEFING] Safe Schools: An Education Free from Violence
TheirworldEvery child in the world has the right to an education without fear of violence or attack. Every school should be a safe place for children to learn, play and fulfil their potential.

But every year millions of children and young people have their education disrupted – by conflicts, direct attacks on schools, military occupation of schools, sexual abuse, bullying and other forms of violence. Each of these is an attack on the future of children, an attack on hope itself.

Click to access this resource.


[REPORT] Summary Report on Activities 2016-2017
Scholars at Risk Network (SAR)

The Summary Report on Activities is the first installment outlining SAR’s annual activities for the fiscal year spanning September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017. It covers the growth of our global network and our core work in protection, advocacy, and research & learning (values-promotion). A financial summary indicating increasing demand for SAR’s work and services is also included.

Click to download this resource.


Life Skills and Citizenship Education,


[REPORT] Life Skills and Citizenship Education, Regional Launch Report

We are pleased to share the report of the regional launch of the Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Conceptual and Programmatic Framework. The report provides an overview of key messages and outcomes of the launch, drawing on the presentations and panel discussions.

On 10 October 2017, UNICEF and partners launched the LSCE Conceptual and Programmatic Framework (CPF), a roadmap to guide policies, strategies and programmes on life skills and citizenship education supporting the region-wide efforts to provide children and youth with opportunities to learn, transition from childhood to adulthood, move from school to work settings, and become responsible and active citizens of their communities.

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Fighting female genital mutilation: Education matters

There are approximately 45 million girls of primary and secondary school age not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa according to the UIS – more than in any other region. Our 2017/8 report showed that across 18 countries in the region, gender-based violence, as measured by intimate partner violence, early marriage and female genital mutilation, […]

via Fighting female genital mutilation: Education matters — World Education Blog

“Education is far too important to be left solely to the government or educational institutions”

“I believe that it is no longer enough for us to pay lip service to education; now is the time to insist on transparency and accountability in education,” said Victoria Ibiwoye, youth representative of the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee from Nigeria. Less than five days after the launch of the youth version of the […]

via “Education is far too important to be left solely to the government or educational institutions” — World Education Blog