Developing a community approach to supporting literacy for preschoolers in Fiji
Summary of publication
Developing a community approach to supporting literacy for preschoolers in Fiji is an Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) research project, awarded under the last ADRAS round in 2012. A research team from the University of South Australia undertook the project from April 2013 – September 2016.
This ADRAS Project set out to investigate and develop sustainable whole community approaches to fostering preschool children's literacies in their home languages and English. The research found that:
- Establishing and maintaining strong and appropriate partnerships is critical to ensuring sustainability of whole community approaches for fostering children's literacy.
- Building local capacity through participatory action research fosters sustainability.
- Developing sustainable community approaches needs to be guided by principles embedded in the context in which the work is being done (relevant to everyday lives, culturally appropriate, affordable etc.).