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We work with primary schools in Malawi to improve the literacy levels of thousands of underprivileged children across the country. These children are required to be fluent in the English language by the time they reach YR5 when all subjects are taught and examined in English. CharChar has developed a literacy program (CCLP) to support the Malawi National Curriculum and the NRP (National Reading Program). The CCLP focuses on developing the phonemic awareness of teachers and pupils through the delivery of phonics workshops across the country. CharChar also provides a range of teaching and learning resources and supplementary reading books, including a colour illustrated dictionary for primary school children.
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Std 1 girls excited to turn the pages of their first ever reading books!
At Nkhande Primary School in Chiradzulu, CharChar has been working to support teachers and children from Yr1 through to Yr8. During a recent CharChar Creative Writing Competition children were asked to write about their hopes and aspirations. Even for seasoned charity workers the stories and illustrations were shocking and heart wrenching.
Tales of child abuse and dreams of becoming an agent for change in their communities inter woven with family pressure on young girls to leave school to marry and pressures on boys to abandon their education to work in the family fields or seek manual work in the city.
However good news emerged from these tragic tales. A record 68 children sat their Primary School Leaving Exam, of those 21 (dependant on highest scores achieved from 12 schools in the zone) were selected to attend government secondary schools (CDSS) and for the first time that the Head can remember 2 children were selected for Government Boarding School,
one of whom was Kezziah, a girl who won first prize in the CharChar creative writing competition. Kezziah is the only girl out of the 12 schools in the zone to gain a place at the highly coveted Government Boarding School. This is a first for Nkhande and a fantastic achievement compared to the school’s historically poor performance in past years. Just one year ago these results were very disappointing indeed as only 4 children were selected to CDSS and none to boarding school. This is clear evidence that the CCLP together with the dedication of hard working teachers and CharChar resources we can make a difference to thousands of children’s lives.