The spotlight shines on Nigeria’s Enabling Writers (EW) project at a webinar titled “Lessons Learned from a Structured Leveled and Decodable Book-Writing Program Using Bloom Software—The Enabling Writers Workshop Experience in Nigeria.” The webinar will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EST) on November 29 and is organized by Reading Within REACH (REACH) on behalf of the Global Reading Network. REACH is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by University Research Co., LLC (URC).
The Nigeria EW project has created more than 200 leveled and decodable books in the Hausa language using the publicly available Bloom book-writing software. Supported by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and Reading within Reach, this grassroots writing and book production effort has potential to be carried out at a large scale. In cooperation with Global Book Alliance partners, EW titles will be open-licensed and placed on digital platforms for sharing, electronic use and large-scale printing. EW programs in Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines will be spotlighted in upcoming months.
This webinar will explore key elements of Nigeria’s EW program, quality assurance approaches, engagement of government in ensuring success, and plans for sustaining the program. Representatives from the Nigerian government will address adoption plans, mass production, accessibility of the books and the distribution system to schools and communities. Recommendations on how to set up a similar program will be shared.
Webinar presenters will be Audu Liman (EW Project Manager) and Dr. Grace Malwgi (EW Literacy/Book Specialist) of American University of Nigeria, as well as Professor Salisu Ahmed, representative from the government’s Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council. Nafisa Ado from the Department for International Development (DFID) will serve as a discussant.
Register here for the webinar.