In May 2017, Ducere Foundation began a partnership with World Vision International (WVI) in Swaziland and Lesotho based on the excellent work that both are delivering in the literacy space.
At the beginning of June this year, our Operations Manager for Africa, Terri Irvin, visited Swaziland to conduct Teacher Training with WVI trainers. Training was conducted in both the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane and in Nhlangano, located in the southern district of Shiselweni. Around 70 teachers from across the country attended the training, together with some of the inspectors from the Ministry of Education.
The training involved taking the teachers through the Ducere Foundation African Children’s Stories Program: A Guide to Story Writing and Storytelling, which then enables the teachers to return to their schools with tools that facilitate story writing in the classroom. This Guide discusses the nature of story, the cultural importance of the role story plays in enhancing teaching, learning and understanding, how to engage in group work and the building of shared stories. It also empowers the teachers to teach their students how to write stories from their imagination, life experiences and the preservation of oral traditions.
The ultimate purpose of the training is to have the teachers encourage their students to write stories which will then be collected and the best stories, published into two Swaziland Collections. These Collections will go back into the classrooms and libraries of the participating and adjacent schools to be used as supplemental reading materials. Each Collection then becomes a learning tool for the acceleration of literacy skills as well as giving children pride in their own culture and history.
Ducere Foundation and WVI plan to launch the Swaziland Collections later this year in October 2017.