OER contributing to early literacy in Africa: Evidence from Saide’s African Storybook

dc.contributor.author Welch, Tessa
dc.contributor.author Glennie, Jennifer
dc.coverage.placeName Kenya en_US
dc.coverage.placeName South Africa en_US
dc.coverage.placeName Lesotho en_US
dc.coverage.placeName Uganda en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Africa en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-09T07:45:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-09T07:45:39Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11
dc.description.abstract There is a drastic shortage of local language contextually appropriate materials for African children learning to read. This a major reason for the low levels of literacy of all but the top 10 to 25% of Africa’s children. To contribute to addressing this challenge, Saide’s African Storybook initiative is testing an alternative publishing model. The website www.africanstorybook.org provides not only openly licensed stories for use, but also the tools for the translation of stories, and tools for the creation of stories, which are in turn openly licensed. The initiative was piloted in Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho and Uganda in 2014/2015, and in 2016 is being extended in those countries and expanded to new countries. // The paper provides evidence that ‘going the open way’ can produce the quantity of stories needed in the languages needed for young children to practise and learn to love reading. In addition, the digital open licence publishing approach of the African Storybook initiative both requires and stimulates teacher and community agency and encourages use. // Paper ID 346 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2534
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Open University Malaysia (OUM) en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ en_US
dc.subject Literacy en_US
dc.subject Languages en_US
dc.subject Open Educational Resources (OER) en_US
dc.subject Information and Communication Technology (ICT) en_US
dc.title OER contributing to early literacy in Africa: Evidence from Saide’s African Storybook en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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