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Read to Me Mama

“Reading is life. It brings me closer to the children in guiding them to work confidently in pursuing education - the key to peace and happiness.” –Memunatu Sumah


This mother’s day celebrate a “mama” in your life with the life changing gift of literacy.


Meet Memunatu Sumah. She is an early grade school teacher at St. Leonard’s Primary School in Marut village, Rokel, Western Rural District, Sierra Leone. Memunatu is also a “mama” and in these pictures, she is reading to her young daughter - enjoying the pictures and relatable storylines of Memunatu’s favourite books “I Fooled You” and “Here We Go”. They are part of a collection of culturally meaningful and fun-to-read Reading Sierra Leone books - all written and illustrated by Sierra Leoneans, for Sierra Leoneans.

The books were created with the support of CODE’s partners in Sierra Leone, PEN S.L and TALLE (the Association of Language and Literacy Educators) and form part of CODE’s comprehensive Reading Sierra Leone initiative. “RSL” supports the publishing of locally authored and illustrated storybooks, gets teachers like Memunatu quality training, and supplies Sierra Leonean community libraries with much-needed books.

The Reading Sierra Leone program is entirely funded by generous donors who believe in the transformative power of education. Their belief is anchored in the idea that a reading child becomes a reading adult – one who, through knowledge acquired through reading, can make informed decisions and better navigate the obstacles - and embrace the opportunities - of life.

And, while all children should have access to good books and a quality education, for girls the need is especially vital. It can mean the difference between a young girl knowing she has other options besides dropping out of school to become a child bride. It can offer her the self-confidence she needs to continue learning … to become a teacher, a doctor, a writer, or an astronaut - and, one day, maybe even a “mama” herself. A “mama” who, in turn, will pass that confidence and love of learning to her own children – “guiding them to work confidently in pursuing education – the key to peace and happiness”.


This mother’s day celebrate a “mama” in your life with the life changing gift of literacy.


 


Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017