Imagine trying to teach your language to your children without the help of books – how difficult would that be? That’s why Project KALA needs your help!
Despite the prevalence of colonial languages across the African continent, local languages and dialects are still taught in schools as a child’s first language. However, the lack of appropriate reading materials means that whilst many children grow up able to speak their mother tongue, many leave school not being able to read or write in their own language. As a consequence, the ability to pass on a region or even nation’s heritage, culture and identity to future generations is dramatically being lost.
The Pelican Post is a UK-based charity run by a group of part-time volunteers and book lovers, dedicated to delivering brand new class sets of appropriate fiction to schools throughout Africa so that teachers can practise shared classroom reading and children can discover the joy of books.
– Keeping African Languages Alive
Through Crowdfunder, the charity wants to raise £6,500 to translate, print and distribute 3,000 copies of Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne (Walker Books) as a bilingual edition in Fante and English for distribution throughout the Elmina District of Ghana.
“I think this scheme is wonderful and I am very keen to support this. What is also very appealing about the Pelican Post is that I think it is rather nice for children to be able to read stories that they can identify with.” Alexander McCall Smith, Author
Get involved and support Pelican Post and this worthy cause by donating through the crowdfunding page or raising money in any way you please. Schools across the country will be doing sponsored read-a-thons, cultural days and Bring & Buy sales in November to raise money. Get involved, get creative, get raising and get these lovely people closer to achieving this worthwhile goal of Keeping African languages alive, one book at a time.