Enhancing Local Children’s Education to Curb Rural Exodus
In the Central African Republic, education services are a huge challenge. Only 49% of students manage to complete primary school, and many teachers are unpaid and need to leave their posts. According to the CAR Education Clusters’ strategy report, at least 55% of children’s education is being provided by poorly trained parent-teachers.
HORUS Impact aims to ensure that the resources required to deliver at least a basic standard of teaching and pedagogical follow-up is available in our key stakeholder villages.
To achieve this, we need to ensure basic remuneration of teachers so that they are able to stay present at their teaching and tutoring posts.
To ensure quality teaching, we will provide simple reading machines that provide teachers with access to certified pedagogical content that will guide them in their delivering lessons and increase capacity and quality of education even for those teachers that have only had access to low level training. These reading machines can be delivered out to the villages, to reduce the need for children having to travel long distances to go to school.
Education must go to the children and not the other way around.
In a second phase, we will equip classrooms with student e-readers to directly enhance their learning activities including reading sessions, and various academic reinforcement topics. We believe that these kinds of supporting technologies will be useful means to enhance access to information, but not an holistic education solution in and of itself. These types of tools can help to enhance pedagogy in the immediate and short term, however longer term, holistic solutions for human resources for education services, teaching and learning tools as well as in depth teacher training will be needed as project evolution allows.
Indicators of project impacts will include:
How many children within five miles of school?
How many school teachers are equipped with reading materials?
What is the grade level of students before and after the project?
How many students advance to the next grade?
What is the absenteeism rate?
Do girls finish primary school as much as boys?
How many villages benefit from the presence of a teacher?