A local member of our Peoples Church Family, Claire Hossack, travels yearly to Chad, Africa teaching pastors and teachers how to teach others to read and write. These leaders are then fully equipped to teach adults and children in their own communities. What is even more exciting is the content of the literacy materials includes biblical vocabulary and Bible stories. Not only are they learning to read and write in their own language, but they are also learning about God and His word! Here is more of the story:
In Chad, there are more than 120 languages. Several years ago, Bible International (BI) selected 7 ethnic groups to work with. Missionaries worked with the local people to develop written materials to be used in teaching people how to read and write.
Step One: A basic primer in each language - designed to teach basic reading and writing skills to beginning readers with drawing and most commonly used letters in each language.
Step Two: Post primer materials - designed to assist new readers in further developing fluency include four story books that cover major stories of the Old Testament. The first one has simple sentences with reading level difficulty increasing as the student goes through the books. Students progress from leaning to read to reading to learn!
Challenge: Funds are limited to print the Basic Primers and the Old Testament Story Books. Without the primers there can be no training. To keep costs down, the materials are printed in Chad, but a minimum of $1000 is needed to print and re-print materials.
Cost: $1.50 to print 1 Basic Primer, $2 to print 1 OT Story Book.
CLICK HERE to make a donation towards the printing of these vital materials through the month of November.
Claire is currently in Chad training leaders in literacy. Visit her page Literacy for Chad