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OUP collaborates with NGO to boost English language in Zanzibar
22 February 2017
Oxford University Press (OUP) recently collaborated with non-government organization, The Milele Foundation, to provide English language textbooks and teacher training in Zanzibar.
Working closely with the Zanzibar Institute of Education, OUP developed a series of titles aligned with the local curriculum, which reference local culture, history, geography, and traditions. They adopt a communicative and thematic approach to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and are accompanied by teachers’ manuals.
The first books were launched in January, followed by the first teacher training in February. OUP will also be co-ordinating a series of workshops in Zanzibar, designed to improve teachers’ understanding and usage of English.
Fatma Shangazi, Tanzania Country Manager for OUP, said, “We are very happy to have published not only workbooks but teachers’ guides with detailed, step by step instructions on executing each lesson using various methods and to achieve well defined objectives.”
The Milele Zanzibar Foundation works to improve health, education and livelihood opportunities in rural and remote parts of Zanzibar. The Foundation’s Head of Programs Khadija Shariff said,“The publication of these books is part of Milele Zanzibar Foundation’s greater interest in improving the delivery of quality education in Zanzibar. Great care wastaken to produce the highest quality books possible as it is imperative that students are well prepared to read, write and speak English by the time they reach grade 5.”