• We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
  • We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
  • We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
  • We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
  • Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
  • Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
  • We teach equitably:  not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.
In Schools

Let's advocate for our children!

In their last year in junior secondary school in Sierra Leone, students take a public examination (the B.E.C.E.) which determines whether they will be allowed to proceed to senior secondary school. The B.E.C.E. is therefore a very high-stakes exam, and a very large percentage of candidates do not pass it. They do particularly poorly at writing. The system is failing them.

Would you like to improve how writing is taught in your school?  Our staff can help you.  Teaching methods can make the difference!

 

 
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