Professor of education Charlie Temple was recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leading a training session for CODE-Canada, an international literacy agency for children.
Literacy project staffers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Senegal took part in activities to develop standards and rubrics for their literacy promotion activities, aiming to improve their management and documenting their successes.
CODE-Canada’s partner projects train authors of children’s books based on local circumstances, and support local publishers to produce and distribute books that young people will want to read. They also support community libraries and train librarians and school teachers. Presenting with Temple were Alan Crawford of California State University Los Angeles and Sam Mathews from the University of West Florida. The workshop in Addis Ababa was funded by CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency.
The agency's new director is Scott Walter, who founded Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking more than 10 years ago with Temple and two colleagues.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1982, Temple holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and his master's and doctorate from the University of Virginia.
Temple is also one of the directors of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project, and travels around the globe helping teachers learn the skills necessary to teach their students to be critical thinkers.
In 2005, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award that helped fund his sabbatical in Romania, where he helped two universities in Cluj — the nation's third-largest city — improve teaching and change curriculum.
CODE-Canada has worked with partners to bring tangible education results to the developing world for nearly 50 years, providing resources for learning, promoting awareness and understanding, and encouraging self-reliance.