Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
The project, called BUILD, stands for “Building Understanding in Literacy Development” and aims to lay a foundation of literacy/numeracy development within the early years of education. Education will help to break the chains of poverty and literacy is its foundation. SAFE currently oversees and operates 22 village preschool programs throughout Malawi. Our goal is to conduct research and baseline studies and then pilot the BUILD program in three of SAFE’s preschools and later include all 22 schools. During my recent visit to Malawi, government officials and NGO leaders showed an interest in the project and its focus on literacy. It has become clear that we may be in a position to implement a program into more than just the SAFE schools, but very possibly across the nation.
Leading a team who will research and create a comprehensive literacy program for ECD will be the focus of my doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership. Developing a program that is sustainable, culturally appropriate and effective will impact lives indefinitely.
Stacy from California
Azusa Pacific University