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Ghana: Phonics By Phone - exciting developments

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:08 pm    Post subject: Ghana: Phonics By Phone - exciting developments Reply with quote

Phonics International is supporting this important project, and we are working with the founders to see how best we can help to develop high-quality phonics teaching in Ghana:

http://phonicsghana.net/about-phonics-by-phone/

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Welcome to “Phonics By Phone”! Our brand new project provides support to teachers in Ghana to use phonics to teach reading. As the name makes clear, this support will be available to teachers on their own mobile phones. Not just on the latest all-singing, all-dancing, app-enabled android phones – but on the standard feature phones that are all most teachers’ budgets allow for.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

News about Vodafone supporting the Phonics by Phone in Ghana project:

http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=&id=203144

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Vodafone Ghana Foundation partners NGO to enhance education sector

News Date: 27th February 2015


Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Educators International (EI) have launched 'Phonics by Phone Project', a mobile application, as part of efforts to empower majority of teachers in the education sector.

Compatible with normal mobile phones, the 'Phonics by Phone Project' under Vodafone's Mobile for Good inventiveness, equips teachers to help children build sounds into words, and remember them through rhymes, songs, riddles and games.

Commenting on the app, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree, Foundation and Sustainability Manager at Vodafone Ghana said:

"In Ghana, only 2% of school children by end of Primary Two can read fluently; whereas in the UK the figure is over 80%. The difference is startling and Vodafone wants to create a platform that will help correct this predicament. Education holds the lifeline to the advancement of every economy and we are determined to be at the forefront of this drive."

The mobile "app" will give educational institutions the opportunity to receive phonics training in order to train their students to embrace the concept in a unique way.

Michael Stark, an Educators International Trustee said:

"The GHC50,000 grant by Vodafone Foundation has enabled us to prepare a set of audio units which together will create a full course content for the app. We have also developed a site www.phonicsghana.mobi which is optimised for ordinary and smart phones alike. This way, the city and village teachers can enjoy the same educational package".

For further information, please contact the Vodafone Ghana Press Information Line on 020 340 1313. You can also connect with Vodafone Ghana at: www.facebook.com/vodafoneghana or through our BB pin 23C0D157.


I'm working with Michael Stark and others in his phonics team to provide a range of Alphabetic Code Charts for Ghana especially for this project - all very worthwhile and exciting! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've designed an Alphabetic Code Chart especially for the 'Phonics By Phone' project in Ghana!

It will be made 'free to download' shortly.

It includes numbering for the 100 free phonics lessons which will be delivered by phone to teachers in remote places in Ghana.

How fantastic an idea is that!

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 100 free phonics lessons are accessible via this link:


http://phonicsgh.apps.every1mobile.net/home/phonics/modules/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you to the National Union of Teachers for supporting the Phonics by Phone in Ghana project by funding the release and transport of 20,000 Big Books. You can watch a video presentation about this exciting and important development here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PDB62tb1FU&feature=share
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