This video shows what took place when an American teacher educator was given the opportunity to work with primary teachers in a government school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on an unfamiliar practice - the teaching of reading. In this large country where 87 languages are spoken and printed language is scarce, the traditional method of teaching letters and words by rote learning has contributed to a literacy rate that hovers around 43%. You will see primary grade teachers enthusiastically apply demonstrated reading activities to their own lessons - lessons that blend the traditional practices they are comfortable with and the new practices that engage their students in reading for meaning. View some of the coaching conferences, which provide opportunities for teachers to reflect, clarify and plan instruction.
The teacher education service provided by Creating Master Teachers (CMT) was facilitated by Helen Boxwill, President of h2Empower, Inc, a 501c3, working to improve literacy and teaching in Ethiopia (Visit h2Empower, Inc here: h2empower.org) and Ato Tamhert, Principal of the Lorraine Inniss Ford Primary School.
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