In mainland primary schools in Tanzania, children learn all subjects in Kiswahili; when they move on to secondary school the language of instruction shifts abruptly to English. While students have learned English as a second language in primary school, some children find it difficult to listen, read and write in English, and this has an inevitably negative impact on their performance. The transition from primary to secondary school is also one of the points at which girls in Tanzania are likely to attend less or drop out of school altogether.
Camfed Tanzania’s pioneering collaboration with Worldreader, Kiva and the Government of Tanzania aims to extend rural girls’ access to education and to help young women to successfully navigate the difficult transition between school and adulthood. The organisation’s English literacy e-reader project brought together the well-established community-led
structures of the Camfed model with the innovative use of e-readers to address the change of language of instruction for students transitioning from primary to secondary school.