Malawi Early Literacy Team
M.E.L.T. is comprised of a group of education and business professionals with a passion for young children and the doors that can be opened for those children through literacy. It is our mission to equip the children in the Northern Region of Malawi, Africa with up to date, culturally appropriate early literacy materials and readers. The readers we publish are about Malawi village daily life, science and culture, and basic health concepts. We will continue teacher training in the six schools that we serve so the teachers can get top results when using these materials.
How it all began
Between 2008 and 2014, five short term mission trips in Northern Malawi focused on training primary teachers to teach early reading. Although the Malawian teachers were grateful and enthusiastic learners, the trainers were dismayed by the severe lack of curriculum materials and early reading books.
The Next Step
A three-person team (Margot McGorman, Mike Miller, Heather White) traveled to Malawi in April 2015 to meet with government education officials and Malawian teachers who had participated in the training program. This visit confirmed the ongoing need for early literacy readers, teacher training, and supplemental classroom literacy materials.
The M.E.L.T. Committee was formed in December of 2015 to continue these early literacy efforts in Malawi. M.E.L.T. is undertaking a literacy project in the Northern Region of Malawi which will:
- Develop and publish K-2 early literacy readers (a 30 - 40 title library).
- Provide an alphabet fluency kit for each teacher in our program.
- Purchase a Land Cruiser for use as a bookmobile.
- Offer teacher instruction in early reading practices over the next five years.
- Hire a Malawi field manager to manage the bookmobile service year round.