Under the USAID/EDC SKYE Project two sets of literacy curricula were developed to meet the needs of youth who were totally illiterate as well as those whose literacy levels fell below a Grade three levels preventing them from becoming sustainably part of the work force. The Basic Literacy Training dubbed ‘Ready to Read’ is 16 Weeks (240 hours) where learners will have the opportunity to learn to read. The ‘Pre Work Ready training is designed to be an 8-week (160hrs) course and is a step up from the ‘Ready to Read’ Curriculum where it focuses on strengthening literacy with an infusion of work ready concepts.
The ‘Ready to Read’ curriculum is divided into two units:
- Unit I introduces concepts in quick succession. Phonemes, vocabulary, writing practice and reading are introduced early on, to provide context for alphabet knowledge.
- Unit II is dedicated to mastering old concepts and introducing several new ones that will be developed in SSYDR’s ongoing literacy lessons.
Lessons follow a systematic sequence. With some exceptions, youth will have phonics, vocabulary (DVI – direct vocabulary instruction), writing and reading. On some days, lessons will include oral language development (OLD) and listening. Lessons will typically have a ‘Getting Started’ section which tells the trainer what materials will be necessary for the day. Many games are also included to create a learn-with-fun environment.