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Ordinary citizens in the BRICS nations haven't yet felt the full impact of advancing technology - but young people are desperate to make connections and form meaningful partnerships. A young entrepreneur in South Africa is using technology to upgrade the education sector and improve literacy in schools across the country. This is his story.

 

In this talk, researcher Keisha Siriboe shares insightful learning behaviors that parents, educators, and concerned adults can apply within their lives as well as in the lives of children. Drawing from global education policy trends and her own research, she advocates for more parent-child reading aloud to promote parent-child bonding as well as effective literacy development. Keisha Siriboe is a researcher focusing on early childhood literacy, parent education, access and equity issues within Hong Kong. Her research won an outstanding publication award from the American Educational Research Association this year. In Hong Kong, she provides parent-child early literacy programs through her social enterprise, Stories of Us, and has established a long-term social service children's program at St. Barnabas Society with the Graduate House, University of Hong Kong (HKU). Globally, she works with the Word Educational Research Association, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the American Educational Research Association to cultivate student leadership within educational research and policy development. She is currently a doctoral candidate studying English-language education at the HKU, and in 2014, she was the first African-American to graduate from Beijing Normal University with a master's degree in comparative education.

 

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John shares the staggering magnitude of our global illiteracy problem and the potential an international focus on increasing literacy has for creating greater social and economic equality for the world’s next generation. As the Texas Library Association’s 2014 Librarian of the Year, a former member of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee, current Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Systems Act Board Member, and especially as a father of five, John Trischitti, “Mr. T,” understands the power of literacy.

Here, heuses his personal story to argue that reading is the foundation for all other academic skills and key to breaking cycle of poverty, and that school systems must prioritise investment in school libraries.

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Halve emphasise the role parents should play in creating a reading culture and investing in a home library and not simply relying on schools to foster a child's thirst for knowledge and love of reading. Helvi Wheeler is an Instructional Technology Designer with the Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU) at the Polytechnic of Namibia, and a published author of books for children. Helvi founded Yambeka Children Media. Yambeka is a term which literally means “Blessed” in the Oshiwambo language (for the benefit of international visitors, this is the language spoken by the Ovambo people of Namibia). Yambeka Children Media was created to promote Namibian and other African languages and traditional stories for children between 3-13 years. Helvi is working to make sure that in five years’ time, Yambeka Children Media puts Namibian and African stories on the map of the world. “I also hope to have children’s cartoons, toys, clothes and books that reflect this pride in the rich cultural heritage that we have in Africa.”

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