CharChar began work as a small educational NGO creating and donating appropriately contextualised, graded reading books in English and Chichewa and a hard-back full-colour illustrated children’s English-Chichewa dictionary together with many other quality teaching and learning resources to Malawian primary schools, libraries and faith groups.
Based on our findings from monitoring use of these resources, CharChar identified gaps in the literacy skills teachers and pupils needed to make full use of the resources, and so switched its focus to providing effective literacy-based training courses for primary school teachers, to ensure their pupils would be guaranteed a strong foundation on which to build their reading skills. These courses directly support the Malawi Government National Reading Programme, through an accelerated literacy intervention. The “Enhanced Delivery of NRP” was implemented in Standard 1 (Yr1) & Standard 2 (Yr2) in government primary schools in Blantyre Rural, Chiradzulu and Zomba Rural. By March 2020, this initiative was positively impacting over 4,000 children.
Through these literacy interventions, CharChar is actively mobilising, engaging and empowering qualified Malawian teachers to ensure every child can enjoy their right to a quality education.