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ATLAS Maps a Strong Course for Children's Education

Zambian teenagers in a classroom

Children in the Mumbwa District of Zambia raise their hands eager to answer the questions their teachers ask them. They look forward to group activities, sharing their knowledge and learning from each other.

Their school employs effective classroom practices that were introduced through ChildFund and the International Reading Association, which implemented Active Teaching and Learning Approaches in Schools (ATLAS).

No longer are they stuck in overcrowded classrooms with few learning materials. Now they are eager to learn.

Their teachers also benefit from ATLAS as they develop a greater variety of teaching methods including the ability to

  • assess more
  • plan better
  • praise more often
  • conduct better group activities, and
  • promote more interaction in their lessons.

ATLAS was officially launched April 30 in Washington, D.C. Doras Chirwa, ChildFund Zambia program manager, and Dr. Phyllis Hildebrant, technical advisor for International Reading Association, were guest speakers at the event.

ATLAS is a partnership and collaboration of ChildFund International, ChildFund Zambia, ChildFund New Zealand, International Reading Association, Ministry of Education of Zambia and the Mumbwa Child Development Agency.