Global Book Alliance: ADEA and USAID launch the Training of Trainers Workshop on Bloom Publishing Software in Kampala (Uganda)

Photo taken during the Training of Trainers Workshop on Bloom Publishing Software in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) in May 2018 | Copyright: ADEA

Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire),  5 November  2018 – The Books and Learning Materials (BLM) Section of the Inter Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL) of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is organizing the fourth “Enabling Writers: Bloom Software Training of Trainers Workshop” in Kampala (Uganda) from 6th to 9th November 2018 at  Imperial Royale Hotel. This important workshop aims to teach African writers of early grade reading materials to produce quality books in national languages using the Bloom publishing software. This training is part of the ongoing partnership among United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ADEA and the Global Book Alliance (GBA).

In reference to the previous successful workshops, it is key to remind that the first one for Anglophone writers was held in Abuja (Nigeria) from 17th – 20th April 2018. The second Training of Trainers for Francophone writers took place instead in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 21st to 24th May 2018, while the third took place in Accra (Ghana) from 30th August to 2nd September 2018 for writers in the national languages of Ghana.

The Global Book Alliance aims to transform book development, procurement and distribution, especially in Africa and Asia, to ensure that children everywhere have the essential books and learning materials produced in languages children use and understand, including braille and sign language. Several studies have shown that children do not have reading materials in languages they speak and understand, which facilitate early reading acquisition. To this end, USAID and partners have developed an ambitious program to address the scarcity of titles in African languages, improve the efficiency of procurement and financing and strengthen supply chain management systems. 

The Kampala’s workshop will be facilitated by Ruth Munguti a trainer from SIL LEAD – a US faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local, community-based organizations use their own languages to improve their quality of life. Ruth will provide first-hand training to enable 13 African writers of reading materials from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia to produce more and better quality books in national and local languages. 

For more information, please contact:

  • Lily Nyariki, Focal point of the Books and Learning Materials section of ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL), Phone no.: (+254) 733 712117, Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Aliou Sow, Focal point of the Books and Learning Materials section of ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL), Phone no.: (+224) 622 54 48 26 / (+001) 514 803 6190, Email: [email protected]

Media:

  • Stefano De Cupis, Senior Communications Officer, ADEA, T. (+225) 2026 4261, [email protected]

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About ADEA: The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a forum for policy dialogue, composed of all Ministers in charge of Education, Science and Technology in Africa. Established in 1988 at the instigation of the World Bank Group, it has evolved into a pan-African institution based within the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). ADEA’s work has expanded to focus more on the development of skills and competencies across all the education sub-sectorsin particular through its two fundamental pillars, namely: the continental education platform and consultancy and support services. It envisions a “high quality African education and training system that is geared towards the promotion of critical knowledge and skills for accelerated and sustainable development in Africa”. 

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About ICQN-TL BLM: The ADEA’s section on Books and Learning Materials (BLM) is committed to supporting processes conducive to formulating adequate National Book Policies that improve the provision of good quality educational materials, effective schooling, and literacy across sub-Saharan Africa. It strives to accomplish this by calling on governments, the private sector, development agencies, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to consider a holistic approach that includes substantial input from African partners to achieve viable book policies. The BLM section of the ICQN-TL the implementing arm for this project. 

www.adeanet.org/en/working-groups/books-and-learning-materials

About GBA: The Global Book Alliance is an international effort involving multiple stakeholders working to transform book development, procurement, distribution, and use to ensure that no child is without books. Its mission is to guarantee that children everywhere have the books and learning materials they need to learn to read and read to learn. The lack of reading materials is so severe that it cannot be solved without new and innovative solutions. New and innovative solutions are needed to solve the learning crisis, and the Global Book Alliance is taking the lead on identifying and implementing these solutions.

www.globalbookalliance.org