When Schools Fall Apart, TELA HELPS PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER
Technology Enhanced Literacy for All (TELA) Project
The education system in north east Nigeria has suffered grave damage because of the Boko Haram insurgency and unrelenting poverty. Hundreds of thousands of children, particularly those displaced from their homes and families by the violence, have no schools to attend, no teachers to instruct them. Children with no education, no prospects, no hope make easy targets for terrorist recruiters and other criminals.
Funded by USAID, the American University of Nigeria is implementing the TELA Project that will prepare and broadcast radio lessons to enhance literacy and numeracy twice each week for 30 weeks, reaching over 20,000 mainly out-of-school children aged 6-17 years-old, in Yola north, Yola south, Girei and Furfore LGAs of Adamawa state Nigeria.
The radio lessons will be supplemented with face-to-face instruction using tablet computers installed with apps, e-learning resources and video learning content in English and local languages. In addition, where schools are still functioning at some level, there will be afterschool tutoring using tablets to further compliment radio instruction as well as a reading camp to promote reading.
• Radio Instruction
o Target 18,000 to 20,000 vulnerable, at-risk, orphaned and IDP children within communities
o Twice weekly broadcasts
• Afterschool Tutoring
o Implement in four selected local primary schools
o Utilize approximately 100 AUN students enrolled in community development (CDV) classes as
• Feed & Read Program
o 100 Almajiri (itinerant Islamic scholars) beneficiaries
o Beneficiaries receive feeding – one meal per day, seven days per week, and two hours of literacy
and numeracy instruction, three times per week
• Reading Camps
o Intensive literacy coaching for five days using storybooks, workbooks, e-books and apps on
tablet computers, targeting at least 1500 children
o Follow-up literacy activities such as distribution of reading materials in English and Hausa
Partners: Ministry of Education, Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board; State Agency for Mass Literacy; Local Education Authorities.
Geography- Communities in Yola north, Yola south, Girei and Furfore LGAs
Program Duration: 12 months, August 2015 to August 2016
Expected Program Outcomes
• Increased years of schooling for children already enrolled in primary schools
• Increased likelihood of school enrollment or re-enrollment for children not in school or dropouts