Pakistan Learning Festival, in collaboration with PAL Network is currently working on supporting the development of Children’s Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) by hosting learning camps to teach children local languages being spoken in Pakistan using principles of the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach (TaRL approach employs fun level-based learning activities to help children acquire foundational literacy and numeracy skills). The learning camps are based on giving children an in-depth understanding of how to listen (different dialects), speak and write their own local languages.
Despite government supported distance education and blended learning programs, most education systems in developing economies could not adequately support children’s learning in hard-to-reach areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of the content was not mapped to the local contexts of children and without teachers to help them navigate across this unfamiliar content, the learning gains may have been limited for young learners. We believe that there is potential in utilizing community knowledge to support foundational literacy and numeracy of children. The inclusion of materials from local communities can enhance the variety of teaching-learning material. ELTU aims to collect, collate, adapt, and adopt indigenous learning resources to make the learning experiences in camps richer and more contextual for children and teachers. The primary objective of the project is to develop a repository of indigenous learning materials (games, songs, stories, riddles, puzzles, ice breakers, dances etc.) to strengthen children’s foundational literacy and numeracy. ELTU will support FLN with contextually relevant content that will empower children and community participation in their learning. Localized content will also support home-based learning by providing parents and community members teaching-learning material that they can relate to and use.
ELTU will be implemented in six countries, Including Pakistan, for one year, across 24 language communities. The availability of quality local language and locally inspired content will not only improve the participation of children from marginalized communities, but also serve as a means of catalysing the local content generation market.
In Summary, ELTU targets four broad objectives:
For ELTU – Pakistan, Pakistan Learning Festival is currently working on collecting resources in the following local languages:
These languages have been specifically chosen as there are extremely limited children’s resources available in these local languages. Also, the future generations of these local communities may know how to speak their mother tongues but are not aware of its syntax, grammar or even basic alphabets that are different from Urdu. Therefore, we believe it is important for us to work on the preservation and proliferation of these local languages as they are an integral part of our culture and heritage.
Currently, we have finished designing the lesson plans for the learning camps in local communities and are currently working on implementing them in multiple schools across remote districts.
If you are interested in getting the lesson plans or training for local languages in your school, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.