Basic Numeracy and Literacy in Tanzania

Languages: English, Swahili

Your work will also directly help Tanzanian children right away. We've delivered tablets preloaded with essential numeracy and literacy learning resources to a rural library in Tanzania, where children and young adults spend their free time developing these essential skills. Content added to this page will be reviewed by teachers and added to the tablets. Your expertise will make an impact on children in Tanzania and beyond – since there is a huge need for materials to teach basic numeracy and literacy skills, these valuable lessons will be used again in future projects.

With your support we've already come a long way in building this curriculum, but there's still more content needed. Below, we've listed the specific types of content needed for this project. Progress bars show whether we still need more content for a topic. If you see a topic that you are experienced in that needs content, click View to see what else is already available or Add to contribute to the lesson. You can also add supplementary content to a lesson that is already shown to be complete!



Vocabulary: Word Matching – Opposites
Word sorts organizing words into appropriate sets/matches. Opposites – from a list of words, select pairs of words which are opposites
Vocabulary: Word Matching – Singular/Plural
Singular/Plural – Matching the correct plural form of a word to its singular version, and vice versa
Vocabulary: Word Sorting – Rhyming words
Rhyming words – Learners are presented with vocabulary which they must sort into lists of rhyming words. OR Learners are given a word and must generate a list of words which rhyme with it.
Vocabulary: Songs With Pictures and/or Actions
A song with visuals which makes the meaning of key vocabulary clear. This could also be an action song/a video which shows children singing the song while doing appropriate actions which demonstrate the meanings of the vocabulary in the song. The key vocabulary should be written on the screen as it is sung, and ideally before and after the song as well for reinforcement.
Vocabulary: Word Searches
Word search puzzles in which learners must find key vocabulary embedded in the letters of the word search rectangle.
Number Identification: Matching Numbers with Their Written Names
Learners are given a column of numbers written as numerals (i.e., 1, 2, 3…) and another column of numbers written out in letters (i.e., moja, mbili, tatu…). They must match items from one column with the correct match in the other.
Number Identification: Drawing Numbers of items Based on the Number Given
Learners must draw a given number of simple objects (e.g., balls, stars) based on the number given to them.
Number Identification: Oral Reading of Numbers
Learners must read aloud to a partner the numbers presented to them as numerals.
Number Identification: Video Introducing Numbers
A video introducing the names of the numbers and how to write them through a song or other memorable approach.
Quantity Discrimination: Counting Numbers of Objects
Learners are presented with a number of identical pictures of an object. They must count them, and state and write the number.






Vitabu vya hadithi vyenye lugha tatu: Kiingereza/Kiswahili/Kimaasai
Trilingual storybooks in English, Swahili and Maasai brought to you by the Global African Storybook Project.






Vitabu vya hadithi vyenye lugha mbili: Kiingereza/Kiswahili
Bilingual storybooks in both English and in Swahili brought to you by the Global African Storybook Project.






Misamiati: Maneno yenye kufanana herufi za mwisho
Rhyming words – Learners are presented with vocabulary which they must sort into lists of rhyming words. OR Learners are given a word and must generate a list of words which rhyme with it.
Misamiati: Chemshabongo za kutafuta maneno
Word search puzzles in which learners must find key vocabulary embedded in the letters of the word search rectangle.
Misamiati: Panga Herufi Vizuri
Key vocabulary words are presented to the learner one at a time, but with the letters scrambled. The learner must unscramble the letters to correctly spell the vocabulary word
Misamiati: Herufi Zinazokosekana
Learners are presented with vocabulary words which are written with some letters missing (e.g., all vowels are missing). They must select the correct missing letters to form the vocabulary words. Depending on the difficulty, pictures of the meaning of the words could be included to assist the learners.
Misamiati: Kitu Kisichohusiana na Vingine
Sets of related words are presented to the learners, with one unrelated word in each set. Learners must identify the unrelated word. E.g., a list of animals with one name of a plant; a list of colours with one non-colour adjective.
Kutambua namba: Kuchora idadi ya vitu kwa kuangalia tarakimu
Learners must draw a given number of simple objects (e.g., balls, stars) based on the number given to them.
Kutambua namba: Mchezo wa kumbukumbu unaotumia namba
There are a series of boxes which can be opened/uncovered to discover a particular number. Once a learner uncovers one number, s/he uncovers a second one looking for a match. If they match, the numbers are removed from the game and the learner scores a point. If they do not match, they are re-covered and it is the next learner’s turn. Or, if playing alone, the learner chooses two different boxes to open. Every time the learner opens a box, s/he must name the number out loud.
Kujumlisha: Kujumlisha vitu kwenye picha mbili
Learners are given pictures of two groups of identical items, with the number of items in each group written beneath. They must add the items and write/select the correct answer.
Kutoa: Michezo
A game in which learners are presented with a series of subtraction problems, and each time they correctly answer a question, they move closer to the game’s goal (e.g., they get to move forward on a trip to an interesting destination).
Kuzidisha: Kuzidisha kwa kuangalia picha
Multiplication problems which use pictures of groups of items to demonstrate the problem. E.g., 4 groups of 2 items, to demonstrate 2 x 4. Learners must write or select the correct answer.






About the Project

Villagers in rural Tanzania have to pay to maintain their primary schools and can rarely afford to. As a result, teachers and students have very few educational resources available, making the learning experience difficult and cumbersome. Improved access to even the most basic learning resources – such as dictionaries, maps and encyclopedias – could invigorate the education system and empower children to learn in a way they couldn't before.

Enter the Rumie Tablet, which works offline and delivers libraries of free learning content for less than the cost of a textbook. We have delivered hundreds of Rumie Tablets to children in rural Tanzanian villages to teach them basic numeracy and literacy skills. The tablets give children a way to learn on their own time, so that if they cannot go to school they are not left behind. And children who are able to go to school have access to interactive learning materials to support remedial learning.



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