The Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD) has partnered with the Luminos Fund on a studentship, and Portia Dery has been selected.
Portia Dery will conduct qualitative research to investigate how Reading for Pleasure (RfP), arts-based, and participatory tools can enhance children's reading abilities in low-resource communities in Ghana. She also aims to emphasise the advantages of African stories, oral stories, and the promotion of mother tongue language in improving the reading skills of children whose second language is English.
Portia Dery has over ten years of experience as a social development worker, collaborating with government and local stakeholders to implement, monitor and evaluate community programs for women, children and the vulnerable. She has also worked on a literacy mentorship programme called the funky readwrite clinic to improve schoolchildren’s reading skills in low-resource communities in Ghana.
Through this research, Portia Dery aims to highlight tools that can enhance children's reading skills and ultimately lead to better learning outcomes.