REAP’s learner-centered centered approach to literacy development engages children in hands-on learning that heightens critical thinking, social emotional competencies, and dynamic reading and writing connections across subject areas.
Literacy Development via Local Stories & Theater
REAP staff created the book How to Make a Brick that describes the traditional brick-making process in Kinyarwandan and English. The book represents REAP's commitment to support the growth of local storytelling and indigenous literature. We currently collect indigenous folktales and non-fiction stories from parents. These stories will be transcribed in both Kindayranda and English to promote adult literacy; encourage connections between parents and children as they read together; and bolster the social-emotional skills that emerge through the use of literature.
Our community theatre program offers an opportunity for students and parents to work together to write and perform plays that highlight the key social issues facing the community. We record the scripts as additional reading resources.
Saturday School Enrichment
About 400 students participate in our weekly Saturday learning enrichment programs. These sessions have encouraged students to seek individualized academic support and stay on top of their schoolwork, while heightening retention rates. The Saturday School offers a review of all major subjects for sixth and 9th-grade students to deepen learning, address areas of misunderstanding, as well as learn test-taking strategies in preparing to pass the national exam.
Our students and REAP teachers actively use the new community library and benefit from the Library Box Server Program that provides access to myriad encyclopedia articles and learning anthologies. Our Saturday library programs find over 100 children recreationally reading or enjoying the pleasure of listening to a story. We have added over 1,000 children’s books to the library.
REAP's state-of-the-art English reading and writing program for Duha primary students takes place in the Community Learning Center and Library, which offers access to myriad educational resources like videos and music recordings and games as well as enough time to practice English speaking and listening with teachers. A library filled with new books invites leisurely reading that furthers students' English language competencies. In its early planning stages is the development of culturally appropriate readers that will emerge from community oral histories.
Community Organizer Initiative
Our community organizers mobilize people and resources to solve social problems, execute initiatives to support community well-being, and ensure parental involvement in their child's education. Each parent, whose child is in REAP's early literacy intervention program, participates in a student support conference attended by the community organizer. These meetings start with an assessment of the family's strengths, a social history, and an exploration of how literacy is already a part of the family's life so that so that reading and writing skills can be reinforced and further developed at home.