In Mlandizi, Tanzania, 50 teachers, teacher trainers, and district education inspectors beat on desks, shouted, chanted, acted, read, and wrote in a week- long workshop conducted in October by Professor of Education Charles Temple and Alison Preece, associate dean for teacher education at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
The workshop, presented in Kiswahili and English, was the kick-off of a cascade that will ready these educators to deliver 100 hours of literacy and language teaching workshops to all the 620 primary grade teachers in the Mpwapwa District (west of Dar es Salaam). First, Temple and Preece will return in December for one more session with the group. Their work is in support of the Children’s Book Project, a UNESCO award-winning literacy initiative that is funded by Canadian foreign aid (CIDA) through CODE-Canada.
Temple is the co-founder and director of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in association with the International Reading Association. He received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and a M.Ed. in curriculum studies and a Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. He also taught at the University of Houston-Victoria.
In the photo above, a teacher in a group is dramatizing Tabu wa Taire, one of a series of large-format illustrated books that were published in Kiswahili, English, French, Portuguese, and Bambara by CODE-Canada and the International Book Bank for distribution to classrooms throughout Africa. The book project had editorial support from Temple’s non-profit organization, Critical Thinking International, Inc.