Improving learning achievements – Model school’s reading cornersBy Sibeso Luswata and Mintwab Yemane
HARAR, October 2011–Tsehay Belisa has been teaching at the 1st Model Primary School starting since 2002. She has been a principal at this school for the last 3 years. In 2009 when she was appointed as the principal, she realized that she would have to adopt new approaches in order to improve the quality of education in the school.
Tsehay proudly asserted that “reading corners, tutor classes and child to child approaches are being implemented thoroughly in 1st Model Primary School and visible advancement has been shown.” To improve learning achievement the school is implementing competency-based approach that has resulted in great improvement in the students’ comprehension and reading skills.
Kebeke Mengistu is a 10 years old girl in 4th grade. Kebeke’s reading was very poor compared to the other students when she joined this school in 2010 in grade 3. As a result of the child to child approach, one of her classmates was assigned to support her improve her reading outside their normal class hours. Because of the support from her classmate and her enthusiasm, Kebeke can now not only read well, but she is also able to explain what she has read very well. “Now I love reading because every day I am getting knowledge and share what I read with my friends and family,” Kebeke stated. Furthermore, the boy who helped Kebeke received an award from the school for his determination in support of Kebeke. This year as Kebeke shown great success, she is helping another student from her class who needs to improve in reading.
Daniel Ababe is a supervisor at Sofi Administration, Regional Education Bureau in Harar region. He confirms the need to have different approaches in the school to improve the quality of education. “The child to child approached is the only approach that is successful, cost effective and sustainable,” said Danel.
Tsehay proudly declared her success by saying: “these days as parents have seen the improvement in their kids’ reading and other subjects, they are glad and willing to send their children to schools rather than engaging them in the housework”.