Providing Reading Resources to Gambian Children
Abooku is a UK charity established for the advancement of education of young people and adults in The Gambia through the dissemination of educational learning resources and training.
A Gambian Child trialling the Baobab Reading Scheme, a project from Abooku
Children learning phonics, but what do they have to read afterwards?
Most Gambians are multi-lingual speaking a variety of languages including Wolof, Mandinka, Fula and Jola. The official language for education, the legal system and business and communication is English. Most children start their Lower Basic Education at 7 years old and the only language used in school is English.
The use of Jolly Phonics and a related scheme called SEGRA in The Gambia has created a large number of early and young readers. These readers, especially in the rural areas only have limited access to reading materials. Little of the limited independent reading material refers to customs and places known to them and are matched with their progress on the phonics schemes.