28 March 2017

Family Literacy Project

Early language promotion and early experiences with stories, books and writing are essential bases for successful early literacy. The support of the parents is of vital importance. Such experiences are missing from the socio-culture of the families of many foreign-language children, which handicaps them when they start to school. A difficult literacy start and a lack of literacy competence is frequently the result.

In the Family Literacy Project, parents with immigrant backgrounds are encouraged to tell stories and read picture books to their children at home. Parents are encouraged to express themselves and tell stories in their family’s language. When children are able to express themselves in their first language, it is easier to acquire the second language of German. The reading promotion is taught by cultural mediators and teachers Heimatliche Sprache und Kultur (Native Language and Culture) and developed by SIKJM.

This project was awarded by Unicef Switzerland and Orange Switzerland with the Orange Award 2010.

This project is run by The Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media (SIKJM) (Switzerland)