KwaraLEARN: Empowering Young Minds and Building a Brighter Tomorrow Through Literacy

KwaraLEARN pupils happily holding their literacy textbook.
Ikhwanu LGEA School pupils radiating joy as they commemorate International Literacy Day!

In a world that’s constantly evolving, literacy stands as a beacon of hope and progress. As we commemorate the 2023 International Literacy Day, the theme, “Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies,” resonates deeply with our mission at KwaraLEARN. We are dedicated to empowering young minds through literacy, and we believe that by doing so, we are actively contributing to the creation of a brighter tomorrow.

The significance of literacy cannot be understated. It equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to change. When people can read, write, and comprehend information, they are better prepared to understand complex issues, engage in constructive dialogue, and make informed decisions.

As Ibironke Bojuwoye, Program Manager (Academics) at KwaraLEARN, aptly puts it, “Literacy is the cornerstone of sustainable and peaceful societies.”

At KwaraLEARN, we go beyond traditional literacy. We recognise that literacy extends to encompass 21st-century skills such as digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving. In a world where technology drives transformation, our curriculum integrates these skills seamlessly. This ensures that our pupils are not just literate but also adaptable to the demands of a dynamic society.

Racheal Lawrence, Program Manager (Schools), highlights another profound aspect of literacy: its power to bridge divides.

“We’ve witnessed how literacy can break down barriers between generations and communities. When pupils and parents engage in shared reading and learning experiences, it fosters mutual understanding and strengthens bonds.”

One of our notable success stories is our ‘Supplemental Literacy’ initiative. This program has resulted in our pupils exceeding the performance of median pupils in high-income countries in the Correct Words Per Minute (CWPM) measured for the last academic session.

The 2019 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Professor Michael Kremer, conducted a groundbreaking study in Kenya that yielded astonishing results. This study revealed that the methodology employed by KwaraLEARN delivers remarkable outcomes, with learning outcomes two times higher in numeracy and three times higher in literacy compared to traditional methods. The significance of this study cannot be overstated, as it stands as one of the greatest rigorously studied interventions in Africa and emerging markets.

As we celebrate the 2023 International Literacy Day, it’s evident that literacy is the foundation upon which sustainable and peaceful societies are built. Our commitment to equipping young minds with the tools they need to thrive in a changing world is not only commendable but also vital for the future we aspire to create. We invite you to join us on this journey, to support our mission, and to empower the next generation through literacy, thereby building a brighter tomorrow for all. Together, we can make a difference in promoting literacy and shaping a more sustainable and peaceful world.