Teaching children in their mother tongue in the DRC
Being able to read is such a vital life skill which we can often take for granted. In DRC, so many children are unable to read because they are being taught in a language they don’t understand. Our partners are pioneering a new way of teaching children in the Ngbaka language.
They are printing books in the Ngbaka language – a total of 6,000 books are to be produced this year! They have also ran a training course for local teachers focusing on the mother tongue teaching concept and distributed new teaching manuals.
It is so amazing for these children to hear their school teacher teach them in their own mother tongue. Many of them will be the first to read in their families.
Mme Ndombale, first year teacher at Tanga Primary School, said, “I have been a teacher for 10 years…. By starting education off in the mother tongue, the children will learn very quickly.”
This new teaching approach will make such a difference to the thousands of rural children we are reaching, providing them with better educational and economic opportunities than their parents had.