7 Challenges Associated with Reading Acquisition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Promotion of Literacy in Multilingual Contexts

In: Improving Early Literacy Outcomes

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Heikki Lyytinen and his co-authors note the problems of poorly trained teachers and large class sizes in Africa. Drawing on experience in Zambia, they present a case study of a digital game that can help overcome these problems and lead to more effective literacy instruction, particularly for students facing barriers to learning how to read.

Improving Early Literacy Outcomes

Curriculum, Teaching, and Assessment


  • Introduction
  • 1 The Early Reading Curriculum
  • 2 Aligning Curriculum and Assessment in Early Reading Education
  • 3 Assessing Early Literacy Outcomes in Burkina Faso and Senegal
  • 4 Getting It Right from the Start
  • 5 The Teaching of Reading and Writing in Second- and Multi-Language Contexts
  • 6 Early Literacy Instruction in India
  • 7 Challenges Associated with Reading Acquisition in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 8 Entering into the Written Culture to Overcome Inequalities
  • 9 Those Children Who Are Left Behind
  • 10 We Want to Learn
  • 11 Powerful Reforms in Early Language and Literacy Instruction in India
  • 12 Integrating Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Materials to Improve Learning Outcomes in Early Grade Reading
  • 13 Teaching and Learning to Read and Write in a Multilingual Context
  • 14 Teaching Reading in Burkina Faso
  • 15 Modules to Train Teachers to Teach Reading and Writing in Niger
  • 16 Senegal


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