Bilingual Zarma-French reading booklets and teacher guides for alternative rural schools in Niger
Since 2010, the International Bureau of Education (IBE) has been supporting a project, which aims to make a bilingual Zarma-French reading booklet and teacher guide available to students and teachers in 3rd and 4th grade primary schools in the region of Dosso (Department of Boboye in south-east Niger) in order to enhance the use of native languages as a means of introducing the official language to support a more effective acquisition of knowledge and skills as well as better learning. Through the development and provision of such materials, the IBE contributes, by collaborating with the Division of Curricula and Pedagogical Innovations (DCIP), the Division of National Languages Promotion, the Division of Secondary Teaching of Basel (DECBI) and the University of Niamey, to the curriculum development of the country.
Bilingual Zarma-French reading booklets and teacher guides have been successfully tested in 18 primary schools in the region of Dosso and have been provided to 800 students aged 9-10, and 50 teachers. The supervision missions of teachers highlighted the relevance of the contents of the booklet to the students’ realities as well as the high quality of teacher guides. This project has strengthened the will and conviction of the need to continue bilingual education as it has shown its indisputable effectiveness, and how the use of the national language can significantly facilitate student learning.