Saide Story Development Overview
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16 January 2013
Story Development Course
Extensive research shows that the reading literacy levels of African children after the first three years of schooling are far from adequate, both in the basic ability to read as well as the literacy necessary to proceed to the next level of schooling. In order to ensure that early readers attach to reading and that reading becomes a social practice in schools, communities and homes, parents, communities and teachers need to work together. However, there is a drastic shortage of appropriate local African language stories for early literacy development for African children.
One of many solutions
The South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) is involved in a project called the African Storybook Project. The aim is to build a digital library of children’s stories, for children ranging from 3-9 years old, drawing on African oral literature and traditions of storytelling, on high quality published stories that the copyright holders are willing to donate, on openly licensed material already available on the Web, and on stories developed through workshops and competitions specifically for the project.
As part of the OLDS MOOC the Saide team would like to design a Story Development course that can support people who want to develop stories for and with children, and who want to contribute their own stories to the digital library.