Author name: Titus Syengo

Looking back, moving forward: Reflections from TaRL Africa’s Executive Director

A learner in Borno, Nigeria, participates in a maths activity. Credits: TaRL Africa Warm New Year’s greetings for 2024 to all our readers, staff and partners. As we kick off the new year, we reflect on the remarkable achievements of the past year in the field of education. The landscape is evolving, and the momentum …

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Building on Foundational Skills: Reflections from TaRL Africa’s Executive Director

The wisdom shared by  Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho, “Go see, ask why, show respect,” holds significant relevance for government officials when it comes to learning and adopting the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach. The question we get asked a lot is how we identify the readiness of a government to implement TaRL. An …

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Looking forward to 2023: Reflections from TaRL Africa’s Executive Director

Children enjoy a fun icebreaker during a TaRL session in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: TaRL Africa 2022 has been a significant year in the education sector as it marks the resumption of near normal levels of education after months of school disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It also marks the year when the global community …

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Kenya needs to focus on Foundational Learning to ensure quality education for its children

To recover from dramatic learning losses, and to ensure quality education throughout life, there is a need for foundational learning. Currently, in low- and middle-income countries, an estimated seven out of every ten children suffer from learning poverty: they cannot read and understand a simple text by the age of ten. According to a 2021 learning assessment …

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OPINION EDITORIAL: PRIORITIZE TEACHING TO CHILD’S LEARNING LEVEL

A TaRL classroom in Kenya. Credit TaRL Africa Many children in sub-Saharan Africa who are enrolled in primary school do not learn the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. These skills include reading, writing, and performing simple mathematics like additions and subtraction. Emerging data shows that this inequality in learning has been further exacerbated by …

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The Crucial Role of Teachers in the Recovery Phase Post-COVID-19

A teacher demonstrates a math activity to whole class during a Catch Up (TaRL) session in Zambia. Photo: Catch Up Program, VVOB and TaRL Africa.    For many children in Africa, research shows that most of those who attend school are not acquiring the basic skills necessary for learning. The COVID- 19 pandemic further exacerbated …

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