The Tusome Early Grade Literacy Program in Kenya is a 4 year project with the main objective to substantially improve reading skills of Standard 1 and Standard 2 students in approximately 21,600 public primary schools and 1000 low cost private schools in non-formal settlements in four cities, Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa. The project is expected to reach approximately 5.4 million Kenyan children.
The Tusome program materials provide daily activities in phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and writing.
The approach to Tusome depends on a unique model of training, where regional and national trainers provide modeling and practice opportunities for TAC tutors and instructional coaches, and those TAC tutors and instructional coaches provide opportunities for teachers. The Tusome program will utilize frequent and ongoing structured feedback from the TAC tutors and instructional coaches in each zone or cluster as they visit the classrooms of teachers.
To achieve the above stated goals, WERK has been working with in partnership with likeminded organizations with a view to having a vibrant and community of practice. The core team is made up of the following organizations: