• 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.
Kabala Area Young Writers
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Beginning in October, 2010, Young Writers clubs under SELI's Seli River Writing Project have been held in schools in the northern, rural Koinadugu District. There are now eight schools with clubs: Kabala Secondary School JSS and SSS, Loma Secondary School's JSS and SSS, Dankawalie Secondary School, Ahmadiyya Muslim Agricultural Secondary School JSS and SSS, and the Heritage United Methodist High School. They meet twice a week.  Here you see a content conference at Loma Secondary School. 

These schools all operate under normal schedules, from morning to 2:45 pm, so the Young Writers clubs do not have a problem finding space to meet after school.  In general, the Koinadugu District schools seem to have fewer meeting interruptions from annual school events.  SELI finds the schools (and therefore the clubs) in Kabala more connected to their students' families' lives than are the schools in Freetown, and the village school (Dankawalie Secondary School) still more involved with the community than are the schools in Kabala.

We love reading the writing that these students produce. They have more final drafts than can be posted on the notice board, so the club keeps rotating their displays. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 17:50
 
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