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The Basics:

  • Funded by: Donations to LDP via SIL LEAD
  • Contract type:  We signed an MoU outlining our partnership with LDP in February 2018
  • Sub-contract value: N/A.  SIL LEAD receives 6% of funds donated to LDP through our website.
  • SIL LEAD involvement: 1 Year
  • Minority languages served: 1, Dagbani
  • Materials produced: 
  • Metrics:  in FY 2017-18 LDP involved in their programs:  50 Volunteer community literacy facilitators - trained and teaching mother tongue literacy classes; also involved in ongoing refresher training; more than 50 regular classroom teachers and principals were trained in reading instruction in Dagbani, in new ways of monitoring progress, and in improving academic performance; 47 schools under the Ghana Education System received LDP volunteer trainers in 4 rural districts – where literacy classes occur and monitoring/supervision visits take place at least 12 times per year; 1,574 students directly benefited in 2017 – mainly Primary 3 students; 10 Parent Teacher Association and School Management Committee workshops took place in 2017, involving a total of 193 participants from 10 different communities

Thesis of Project: LDP seeks to improve upon the educational development in the area of Dagbon (northern Ghana) through addressing the illiteracy rate and the poor quality of basic education with a special focus on literacy in the mother tongue of primary school children.

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SIL LEAD Overall Contribution to Project: SIL LEAD serves as a fiscal sponsor for LDP and promotes LDP’s work on the website, receives and transfers donations, seeks grant opportunities and assists LDP in writing proposals to funding organizations and foundations in the USA.

Summary of the Project: LDP seeks to improve upon the educational development in the area of Dagbon through addressing the illiteracy rate and the poor quality of basic education with a special focus on literacy. The objectives of LDP are:

  1. To substantially increase the educational attainment levels in literacy (Dagbani and English) among primary school children in especially the rural areas
  2. To provide teaching and learning materials in Dagbani
  3. To increase the capacity, participation and motivation of GES teachers in implementing mother tongue literacy in their schools
  4. To raise awareness among parents and community leaders about the importance of mother tongue literacy in particular and education in general, and the roles they can play in the education of their wards

LDP Project Activities

  • Provision of a literacy methodology for children in lower primary
  • Training of literacy facilitators and GES teachers
  • Supervision and monitoring of classes in collaboration with GES circuit supervisors
  • Assessment of learners’ literacy skills
  • Training of School Management Committees (SMCs) and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
  • Development, revision and printing of literacy materials
  • Organising writers and translators workshops to build capacity for the development of local literacy materials
  • Developing of training manuals for teachers to teach literacy
  • Lobbying and advocacy for improved quality of language education in primary schools

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