Students take Big Books to school

B.Ed (ECEC) lecturers and students from Khomasdal Campus visited Monte Christo Primary Project School

Students and learners with the treats from Deep Sea Investments and the Big Books

Thirty-five students from the School of Education’s Department of Early Childhood Education and Care, Khomasdal campus were accompanied by three language lecturers, Ms. Helga Kaurora, Ms. Jacolynn van Wyk and Ms. Jessica Jansen on their visit to Monte Christo Primary Project School in Havana, located in Katutura, Windhoek.

The students created their own Big Books in English as well as in several other Namibian languages. They were encouraged to use recycled material, they integrated themes from Environmental Studies in their stories and used their Arts Education skills to create the books. In collaboration with the principal, Ms. Elizabeth Murangi, and two grade 3 teachers Ms. Violety Jansen and Ms. Uno Murangi, the students were afforded the opportunity to show off these big books and to model the skills they were taught.

The MPPS principal teachers and UNAM lecturers

The school visit was supported by Deep Sea Investments who sponsored fruit, juice, and chips to both learners and students.

“We have a lack of story books and this project gives us ideas to make our own and to foster the culture of reading in our learners,” the principal said as she instructed the teachers to take some photos of the beautiful books that were created by the UNAM students.

Students engage with the learners using the Big Books

“I am so glad we visited the school, the interaction with the learners was good, and seeing how well my book worked with the activities I developed gave me ideas on how to improve,” one student remarked.

The Read-Aloud project strives to narrow the gap between theory and practice, promote literacy and language development and enhance work-integrated learning experiences. It ties in with the mission of the School of Education to provide quality teaching and promote educational technology and innovative best practices.

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