Today, although the ASP officially closed for the term yesterday, we squeezed in a second Reading Afternoon. The next one will only be in June, once school resumes.
Mercia, one of our volunteers, uses the literacy method for reading to the younger ones (Grades 1 – 3) and the older ones read by themselves with volunteers on hand to help them with words they don’t know. After they finish, they answer a few questions to check that they’ve understood what the book is about. They are then able to record the book on their Reading Sheet. Once a child has read 10 books, s/he will be able to choose one to take home as a prize.
Reading is an area in which many Namibian school children struggle (through the first Reading Afternoon we were able to identify a Grade 5 student who cannot read at all). We hope that through this initiative, the children’s literacy will improve, which will lead to an overall improvement in their learning and marks.