Welcoming Back our Literacy Circles
Our literacy centers reopen after Ramadan, a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are delighted to confirm that our literacy circles will be reopening this year at the close of the holy month of Ramadan. Although we were forced to suspend our literacy program last year with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic to protect our participants and staff, we have kept in close contact with all our literacy participants and staff during this challenging time. We have also undertaken research into how we can incorporate Covid-resilient income-generating training into our literacy program. More on this in coming posts.
Below some scenes from our literacy circles recorded before the pandemic. All our literacy circles are now conducted with Covid-safe measures in place.
Above, literacy graduates celebrating passing the Sudanese Ministry of Education literacy certificate and competing their REFLECT literacy program in December 2019. We really look forward to seeing such joyful scenes again soon!
Above, a typical literacy session showing participants enjoying numeracy games. This photo was taken before Covid-19. Since the pandemic, we have trained participants in Covid prevention measures, such as mask wearing and social distancing.
See more in Covid-19 Sudan July Update
Above, children of some of our literacy participants and their communities. Families and communities with literate mothers, sisters and aunts are more likely to have literate children.
Below, more scenes from our literacy circles, pre-Covd-19.
Income generation is an essential part of our REFLECT literacy program. We have successfully trained our participants in a range of income-generating skills, including handicrafts and food processing. Below some examples from pre-Covid times of our participants’ handicrafts, sold locally.
Below, older participants play a key role in knowledge sharing and providing community guidance on a whole range of issues, such as Covid prevention measures. Our literacy program taps into their knowledge and leadership skills. This is even more important now, given the life-and-death need for disease prevention and containment.
See too Grandmother’s School.
Below, empowering our participants to gain confidence in their leadership abilities is key to initiating community development projects. Below a graduate from Jebel Awlia literacy circle giving a talk. She had never spoken in public before attending her literacy program.
Below, some of our literacy graduates, 2019 from Jebel Awlia, Khartoum.
See too Celebrating.
Could you help us to maintain and extend our literacy program?
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If you can support us, you will be empowering whole communities struggling to survive the pandemic. Below, our literacy coordinator, Mrs Adila Osman, with children from Jebel Awlia sharing in their friends and families’ literacy graduation celebrations.