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OVER 4.4 MILLION HOOPOE BOOKS DONATED TO CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN since our program started in 2007

Our great appreciation and thanks to everyone who has helped us do this

4,445,193 Books donated to children in Afghanistan

Our Focus This Year …

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015–2030 recognize that access to education is a human right and vital for the sustainability of all development and peace.

They call upon us all to do what we can to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. This includes a relevant curriculum that can be taught and learned in a local language and builds upon the knowledge and experience of the teachers and learners; and a clear definition and accurate assessment of learning outcomes, including knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT HOOPOE BOOKS WILL TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE IN 2017

Afghanistan is a multiethnic society where over 40 minority languages are spoken and about 200 different dialects. This presents a major challenge to the Afghan Ministry of Education, and particularly regarding the education of women and girls who are often confined to home.

According to UNESCO: 85% of Afghan women have no formal education and are illiterate: that is over 13.7 million individuals. 
Only 40% of Afghan girls attend elementary school, and only one in 20 girls attend school beyond the sixth grade.

We take it as axiomatic…that the best medium for teaching is the mother tongue of the pupil (UNESCO, 1953, p. 6).

Studies show that children who learn to read in the language they speak at home develop literacy skills more easily and are able to transfer these essential skills and a love of reading to other languages. Anyone who remembers how difficult it was to learn to read will empathize with children and adults who have to do so in a language that is not the most familiar to them, not the one they have heard since birth.

This year we will start to expand our program, translating and producing Hoopoe traditional Afghan Teaching-Stories in minority Afghan languages such as Turkmen, Uzbek, Swaji, Pashai, and Nuristani. These will be in bilingual editions, enabling children to begin reading in their own language and, using the same storybook, transfer their reading skills to the main language – Dari or Pashto – that they will need to further their education.

We will expand our current Teacher Guides to provide a Hoopoe Literacy Curriculum for Afghan Primary Schools, Grades 1–6. So that teachers can use our books to teach beginning and early literacy. Starting with Dari and Pashto editions, these will be translated into minority languages as we have the funds to do so.

With your support we will give many more thousands of children and their families the chance to learn to read in the language of their mother tongue; and their teachers the opportunity to teach basic literacy skills in the local languages, transferring these skills as they transition into their national languages – Dari and Pashto.

Visit: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246278E.pdf to learn more about the value of Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB MLE)

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