Additionally, to ensure the sustainability of the CA&R concept, teacher trainees, or student-teachers, are also exposed to the CA&R concept. Tutors, who are core facilitators of the National Reading Programme train student teachers on CA&R best practices.
“The tutors take what they learn from these CA&R materials and share them back at the teacher training colleges,” says Kachiwanda. “That way they are equipped with knowledge of the CA&R concept when they finish their schooling, too.”
The CA&R approach, combined with buy-in from all of the stakeholders—teachers, parents, and students—means this is the kind of approach can truly be sustainable. “As we go toward transitioning the program to the Government of Malawi in 2022,” says Kachiwanda, “we should be able to comfortably say CA&R has been institutionalized and become part of the National Reading Programme.”