Centre for the Promotion of Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa (CAPOLSA), Phase II

Coordinator University of Jyväskylä
Contact details Professor Heikki Lyytinen, hlyytinen(at)psyka.jyu.fi
Head of Planning & Development, Ph.D. Päivi Fadjukoff, paivi.fadjukoff(at)jyu.fi
Budget €585 677
Duration 4/2013 - 12/2015
Academic field Literacy, psychology, linguistics, education


University of Zambia, Zambia

Brief Description:

Learning to read through Graphogame in Zambia, by Karri-Pekka Kauppinen.The proposed CAPOLSA II project completes the capacity building needed for reaching the final goal of the ongoing action to help as many children as possible in Sub-Sahara Africa to learn the basic skills, and be able to have appropriate reading skills to acquire functional literacy by being offered appropriate reading material. Together with the training of coordinators for distribution of literacy support throughout Zambia and its neighbouring countries, the project builds skills and networks to overcome the complete lack of reading material which children who have just learned to read have to have. 1. The Capolsa Centre works as a national help centre in Zambia for the tens of thousands of first grade teachers who will be using small tablet computers that Grapholearn Initiative for optimal learning results as well as the learning-game based reading practicing environments (Graphogame). It also serves as the whole Sub-Saharan resource centre in order to extend the reach of their expertise eventually to all the countries in Sub-Sahara area.

Photo: Karri-Pekka Kauppinen

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Enhanced management, leadership and governance capacities in higher education institutions
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning
  • Strengthened the role and relevance of the HEIs in development

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • The final overall objective of this project is to increase the rate of literacy acquisition by Sub-Saharan African children, with an initial focus on Zambia.
  • The goal of the CAPOLSA project at the end of three years is to have an efficiently functioning resource centre for supporting African children to learn to read the language they are able to speak.
  • This support is highly needed first of all in Zambia where the reading results among children have been among the lowest in the African continent.
  • The sustainable benefits will be received in the form of increasing overall level of reading achievements of children in the target countries, first in Zambia and then also in Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia during the applied funding period.

Website: https://agoracenter.jyu.fi/projects/capolsa-ii