COVID-19 Teaching By Radio Program
Country: Sierra Leone
With the closure of schools due to the COVID19 pandemic, Rising has adapted our foundational literacy content to create a radio program that will strengthen and build students’ foundational literacy skills even when they are out of school. Our approach builds off decades of research into the science of how children learn to read. Students learning at home require no learning materials but there is the option to provide printable worksheets and additional support via SMS.
Our reading program has been simplified to two learning levels: (1) lower primary students in Grades 1-3 and (2) upper primary students in Grades 4-6. Focusing on these two grade bands allows for a streamlined approach making it easier for families and children to follow when they are out of school. Each lesson starts with an introductory health and safety message. The learning content focuses on the foundational skills that all students need to master to be successful later in their education.
The lower primary program builds phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, basic phonics knowledge, listening comprehension, and vocabulary. This is a stage where students are learning to read fluently.
The upper primary program continues to reinforce fluent reading by introducing more complex phonics skills and also further develops the vocabulary and background knowledge needed for comprehension. This is a stage where students are reading fluently to learn about the world.