The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) with the support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the new Igbo and Yoruba early grade reading materials entitled Ka anyi gụo! and Jẹ ká kawe,
USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson, said in a virtual launch ceremony that the new curricula is aimed at expanding the availability of quality local language teaching and learning materials for reading in Nigeria, targeting all Igbo and Yoruba speaking primary grade 1 to 3 learners in the southern regions.
“Teaching children to read in a language they understand equips them with a powerful tool for lifelong learning. Building foundational reading skills accelerates English language acquisition and other skills and contributes to developing a new generation of leaders equipped to help Nigeria meet the challenges ahead,” he said.