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Our Mission / Objective

To ensure that the children of Uganda learn to read and write in the early years of their education, READ for Life aims to improve literacy instruction in Ugandan classrooms by:

o   Implementing synthetic Phonics instruction

o   Assessing the quality of literacy instruction by using the Early Grade Reading Assessment

o   Developing a reading program that is specific to this culture following international research in reading methodology.

o   To further develop age-appropriate, culturally sensitive literacy teaching materials that will both engage and motivate children.

o   To enhance the professional development of Gulu primary school teachers and education of students at local colleges, through a phonics training program that provides them with the skills to teach phonics for reading and writing to children.

o   Training local trainers to be mentors and model teachers.

o   To further assure sustainability of the project by assisting teachers on how to include phonics within their existing curriculum and timetable.

o   Advocating for improvement in the national curriculum and the addition of explicit reading instruction.

o   To monitor and evaluate the project, including feedback from the teachers and schools, so that any necessary revisions can be made that tailor to teacher and pupil needs.

o   To guide nursery teachers in creative methods of instruction using local resources

o   To develop a demonstration classroom equipped with locally made resources as an example and inspiration for local teachers

Our Services

READ for Life services schools in Gulu, Uganda, providing training in phonics and literacy teaching resources to improve literacy results.

Projects in Progress

Our current projects include:

  • Providing workshops and training for Ugandan teachers in teaching phonics
  • Development of Phonics Manuals and Reader Sets with culturally relevant illustrations and stories for use by local schools
  • Conducting Early Grade Reading Assessments to determine areas of need and monitor the success of the program

 

Below is an excerpt of an update from our Executive Director on Jan 9th, 2018:

Over the Christmas holiday period some of the READ for Life staff and volunteers in Uganda (and abroad) have been busy collating results from our big end of year Early Grade Reading Assessment. We haven’t finished crunching all the numbers, but there’s some really encouraging results so far!

Currently in northern Uganda, children read an average of 3 words per minute in English by the end of P3 (around third grade level). In Australia, the US and UK, children read an average of more than 100 words per minute by the end of third grade. I think the numbers speak for themselves and you can clearly see that children in northern Uganda (and the rest of the country) need a lot more support with their reading to become literate and independent readers!

We did a rough average of the schools we have worked with in Gulu (and the results which we have collated so far), and our current average for P3 children in Gulu is 50 words per minute (42 wpm for government schools and 57 wpm for private schools). This is so encouraging! Over the next few weeks of holidays, along with doing a lot of teacher training, we will complete collating all these results and use them to inform our programme and planning for the year.

Thank you for being a part of this journey!

Our People

CEO

Jody Unterrheiner, Executive Director

Leadership Team

See our website for an introduction to the leaders and staff working with READ for Life:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/literacy-leaders/

Names of Board Members

See our website for a list and brief introduction of our board members:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/our-board-1/

Number of Employees

3

Number of Volunteers

2

Registration Information

ABN

57102400993

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Would you be willing to Sponsor a Teacher? 

We are looking for partners who would be willing to sponsor a teacher at a cost of $50 per month for 3 years.  This is tax deductible in Australia through our partner Global Development Group.

Click on the link for your country on our website to donate:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/

Other support

We also appreciate one off donations towards production and printing of our Reader Sets and Phonics Manual, or ongoing donations towards our operating expenses.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteer teacher needed

Location: Gulu, northern Uganda

Are you looking for an adventure? Are you looking to use your skills as an early years practitioner or key stage 1 primary teacher to serve as a volunteer in the developing world? READ for Life is seeking a volunteer teacher to work on education projects in northern Uganda.

 

Main role of the volunteer

  • Research and prepare lesson plans for READ for Life’s new nursery teacher training college based in Gulu.
  • Team-teach lessons with Ugandan teacher and assist in mentoring them as tutors
  • Assist to create a phonics teacher handbook for early years
  • Support local early years teachers by observing lessons and giving advice on how to improve
  • Participate and contribute to early years teachers’ professional development for the local community

Important skills and experience

  • Be a qualified teacher with a minimum of two years experience teaching 3-7 year olds
  • Be competent and skilled in teaching synthetic phonics (essential)
  • Be an independent worker and able to use initiative with minimal supervision
  • Be creative, flexible, adaptable and willing to learn new skills and teaching methods

 

The volunteer position is to start ideally in January 2019.

Interested applicants should contact Jody Unterrheiner: jody@readforlifeug.org

Download Volunteer Application Form

Download Volunteer Position Description

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

To ensure that the children of Uganda learn to read and write in the early years of their education, READ for Life aims to improve literacy instruction in Ugandan classrooms by:

o   Implementing synthetic Phonics instruction

o   Assessing the quality of literacy instruction by using the Early Grade Reading Assessment

o   Developing a reading program that is specific to this culture following international research in reading methodology.

o   To further develop age-appropriate, culturally sensitive literacy teaching materials that will both engage and motivate children.

o   To enhance the professional development of Gulu primary school teachers and education of students at local colleges, through a phonics training program that provides them with the skills to teach phonics for reading and writing to children.

o   Training local trainers to be mentors and model teachers.

o   To further assure sustainability of the project by assisting teachers on how to include phonics within their existing curriculum and timetable.

o   Advocating for improvement in the national curriculum and the addition of explicit reading instruction.

o   To monitor and evaluate the project, including feedback from the teachers and schools, so that any necessary revisions can be made that tailor to teacher and pupil needs.

o   To guide nursery teachers in creative methods of instruction using local resources

o   To develop a demonstration classroom equipped with locally made resources as an example and inspiration for local teachers

Our Services

READ for Life services schools in Gulu, Uganda, providing training in phonics and literacy teaching resources to improve literacy results.

Projects in Progress

Our current projects include:

  • Providing workshops and training for Ugandan teachers in teaching phonics
  • Development of Phonics Manuals and Reader Sets with culturally relevant illustrations and stories for use by local schools
  • Conducting Early Grade Reading Assessments to determine areas of need and monitor the success of the program

 

Below is an excerpt of an update from our Executive Director on Jan 9th, 2018:

Over the Christmas holiday period some of the READ for Life staff and volunteers in Uganda (and abroad) have been busy collating results from our big end of year Early Grade Reading Assessment. We haven’t finished crunching all the numbers, but there’s some really encouraging results so far!

Currently in northern Uganda, children read an average of 3 words per minute in English by the end of P3 (around third grade level). In Australia, the US and UK, children read an average of more than 100 words per minute by the end of third grade. I think the numbers speak for themselves and you can clearly see that children in northern Uganda (and the rest of the country) need a lot more support with their reading to become literate and independent readers!

We did a rough average of the schools we have worked with in Gulu (and the results which we have collated so far), and our current average for P3 children in Gulu is 50 words per minute (42 wpm for government schools and 57 wpm for private schools). This is so encouraging! Over the next few weeks of holidays, along with doing a lot of teacher training, we will complete collating all these results and use them to inform our programme and planning for the year.

Thank you for being a part of this journey!

Our People

CEO

Jody Unterrheiner, Executive Director

Leadership Team

See our website for an introduction to the leaders and staff working with READ for Life:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/literacy-leaders/

Names of Board Members

See our website for a list and brief introduction of our board members:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/our-board-1/

Number of Employees

3

Number of Volunteers

2

Registration Information

ABN

57102400993

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Would you be willing to Sponsor a Teacher? 

We are looking for partners who would be willing to sponsor a teacher at a cost of $50 per month for 3 years.  This is tax deductible in Australia through our partner Global Development Group.

Click on the link for your country on our website to donate:

https://www.readforlifeug.org/

Other support

We also appreciate one off donations towards production and printing of our Reader Sets and Phonics Manual, or ongoing donations towards our operating expenses.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteer teacher needed

Location: Gulu, northern Uganda

Are you looking for an adventure? Are you looking to use your skills as an early years practitioner or key stage 1 primary teacher to serve as a volunteer in the developing world? READ for Life is seeking a volunteer teacher to work on education projects in northern Uganda.

 

Main role of the volunteer

  • Research and prepare lesson plans for READ for Life’s new nursery teacher training college based in Gulu.
  • Team-teach lessons with Ugandan teacher and assist in mentoring them as tutors
  • Assist to create a phonics teacher handbook for early years
  • Support local early years teachers by observing lessons and giving advice on how to improve
  • Participate and contribute to early years teachers’ professional development for the local community

Important skills and experience

  • Be a qualified teacher with a minimum of two years experience teaching 3-7 year olds
  • Be competent and skilled in teaching synthetic phonics (essential)
  • Be an independent worker and able to use initiative with minimal supervision
  • Be creative, flexible, adaptable and willing to learn new skills and teaching methods

 

The volunteer position is to start ideally in January 2019.

Interested applicants should contact Jody Unterrheiner: jody@readforlifeug.org

Download Volunteer Application Form

Download Volunteer Position Description

Our Annual Reports

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