Teach­ers map out lit­er­acy strate­gies

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SEVENTY pri­mary school teach­ers from four dis­tricts gath­ered this past week at Mamo­hato Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Thaba Bo­siu under the ban­ner of the Le­sotho Lit­er­acy Leap Con­fer­ence to share ex­pe­ri­ences and map out strate­gies of im­prov­ing lit­er­acy in the coun­try.

Le­sotho Lit­er­acy Leap Co­or­di­na­tor and Prin­ci­pal at Tha­bana-Tšoana Pri­mary School in Mazenod, Setempe Phoka told the Sun­day Ex­press that the con­fer­ence which ended yes­ter­day was fa­cil­i­tated by Le­sotho Wales Link.

The con­fer­ence was at­tended by teach­ers from the Thaba-Tseka, Maseru, Quthing and Qacha’s Nek dis­tricts. In ad­di­tion, 35 ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als from other dis­tricts also at­tended.

Mr Phoka said Le­sotho Lit­er­acy Leap is a teacher-train­ing pro­gramme for Ba­sotho Pri­mary teach­ers who have re­ceived do­nated books from the United King­dom (UK) based char­ity School Aid.

“It pro­vides train­ing, re­sources and men­tor­ing on how to teach English Phon­ics us­ing ac­tive strate­gies, and how to de­velop in­de­pen­dent read­ing and writ­ing for their learn­ers,” Mr Phoka said, adding, “This was the fi­nal train­ing event for ‘lead lit­er­acy teach­ers’ from these Dis­tricts”.

“Dur­ing the three days, the work­shop fo­cused on themes such as Lit­er­acy for Life where they looked at how to cre­ate lit­er­acy rich and suc­cess­ful schools.

“With Ev­ery Child Mat­ters, the fo­cus was on how to cre­ate an in­clu­sive class­room and there was also Suc­cess­ful Fu­tures where they looked at how to de­velop part­ner­ships for change.”

Mr Phoka said the pro­gramme was in­tro­duced in 2013 by the Le­sotho Wales Link with the ob­jec­tive of im­prov­ing the lit­er­acy in schools be­cause it was very im­por­tant for learn­ers to be able to spell and know the sound of vow­els.

“Wales and Le­sotho have had a unique coun­try-to-coun­try link for over 30 years. We have worked in ev­ery district with our Le­sotho Teacher Place­ment Pro­gramme and in the three low­est ed­u­ca­tion per­form­ing dis­tricts with our Le­sotho Lit­er­acy Leap pro­ject since 2013.

“Four of our teach­ers are cur­rently work­ing in Thaba Tseka schools for five months and aim to: men­tor teach­ers to im­prove the per­for­mance of their learn­ers, raise lit­er­acy lev­els, pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for three Ba­sotho teach­ers to visit Wales and help lead school im­prove­ment upon their re­turn whilst build­ing a strong part­ner­ship with a link school in Wales,” Mr Phoka said.

He said after the con­fer­ence all ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers were ex­pected to im­ple­ment all the rec­om­men­da­tions at district level to en­sure that the stan­dard of lit­er­acy is im­proved at school for the ben­e­fit of learn­ers be­cause it was im­por­tant that they ex­celled in read­ing and writ­ing.

leriBe District administrator Mokha­belane Mo­ra­hanye.

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