Currently the primary components of STELLAR are:
1) an afterschool tutoring program in public primary schools in Yola,
2) the publication and circulation of age-appropriate reading materials in English and home languages,
3) the harnessing of appropriate technology to enhance learning outcomes.
The AUN students enrolled in CDV 101 each semester tutor children from two or three local public primary schools in small groups twice a week after school. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the tutoring focused on math; in 2013-2014, the focus is on early literacy. The tutors keep records of pupil attendance and the content covered at each session. Beginning in 2013, the AUN students have also administered pre- and post- assessments, which help to group the pupils by level and track their learning progress.
In addition, the AUN students each write a children’s book in English, another home language, or both. So far we have books in English, Hausa, Fulfulde, and French. The books are meant to be engaging, educational, and linguistically and culturally appropriate for the target population.
Many of these books are still in various stages of the editing process, but as they are finalized they will each be made available for free to the general public on this website. (Check out our budding collection here!) As more books are developed, they will also be put into circulation in the tutoring program.
As for technology, STELLAR has experimented with using tablets for instructional support. In a supplementary tutoring program, tutors bring tablets to a school after hours and supervise the pupils’ use of educational games, videos, and read-along storybooks. In addition, STELLAR has initiated a partnership with the nonprofit organization WorldReader to make its children’s books freely available on mobile phone and tablet platforms (see www.worldreader.org). STELLAR is also very grateful for tech support of RTI International and its Tangerine® software that have enabled a much more efficient administration of the pre-and post-assessments via the tablets (see www.tangerinecentral.org).
Moreover, this year STELLAR is collaborating with Adamawa State education officials and Jolly Learning, Ltd., to pilot a project introducing the Jolly Phonics early literacy curriculum in six local Primary 1 classrooms. You can learn more about the Jolly Phonics project here.
For more information about the STELLAR project, please contact Karon Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org.