Film of African English project to premiere in Lancaster

Film of African English project to premiere in Lancaster name

A film which features the largest English literacy project in Africa is to be premiered in Lancaster next month.

With over ten million children in Nigeria not in school, the challenge to improve literacy levels is clear.

Education experts from the University of Cumbria and Lancaster-based Universal Learning Solutions have long collaborated on a project to share their skills in Africa.

Lancaster-based academic Jan Ashbridge travelled to the country this summer to promote the use of phonics with teachers from the country spending time last year in north Lancashire and Cumbria.

Since 2006 Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) has helped provide training for 55,000 teachers who have worked with over 3.5million pupils.

Katy Davies, chief operating officer from ULS said: “Despite the startling success of the project it was ‘under the radar’ of the international community, funders and educationalists. The documentary showcases the potential to inspire others to help enable children to access their rights to literacy around the world."

Now a film which shows the project at work has been produced and the northern premiere is to be held in the University of Cumbria’s new Sentamu building next month.

Titled Nigeria’s Reading Revolution it charts the changes which have helped improve literacy levels across the country.

Principal lecturer Jan Ashbridge said: “The University of Cumbria is delighted to be able to help showcase the inspiring work that Universal Learning Solutions have been engaged with in Nigeria.”

“The key issue of early literacy is one that transcends geographical boundaries and this organisation might be based locally, here in Lancaster, but has an international reach. Hopefully our students will leave the screening with a passion to use their influence as educators to make a lasting impact in the world.”

Nigeria’s Reading Revolution; the story of Africa’s largest English literacy project will be shown on Tuesday December 11 at 6pm Sentamu Building, University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus (5.30pm opening.)

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Pictured: Nigerian pupils who've made use of the biggest English literacy project in Africa