The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council(NERDC)l have jointly launched the new Igbo and Yoruba early grade reading materials entitled ‘ Ka anyi gụo’! and ‘Jẹ ká kawe!’
In a statement by the U.S. embassy in Abuja, the initiative will expand the availability of quality local language teaching and learning materials for reading in Nigeria, targeting all Igbo and Yoruba speaking primary grade 1 to 3 learners.
USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson, said in a virtual launch ceremony that building foundational reading skills accelerates English language acquisition and other skills and will contribute to developing a new generation of leaders equipped to help Nigeria meet the challenges ahead.
Patterson said the comprehensive curriculum package includes learner textbooks and workbooks, teachers’ guides, and storybooks for practice in school or at home, all available at no expense for download.
Since October 2015, NEI Plus has delivered over seven million teaching and learning materials to more than one million learners from primary grade 1 through to grade 3 in 2,500 formal schools.