The use of mother tongue stories in early literacy development at pre-primary school level in Kira town council, Uganda

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Shelley Jones

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Fortidas Bakuza


Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


This collaborative action research study investigated the challenges and opportunities of using Mother Tongue (MT) stories in early literacy development at pre-primary school level. The study sought to understand how MT stories could be used to address appropriate curriculum learning areas as well as the activities and the support materials that could be used to facilitate the strategy for teaching/learning. The study was conducted in a community pre-primary school under Madrasa Resource Centre, Uganda, in Kira Town Council; Uganda. The school uses two curricula; the Learning Framework which was designed by the National Curriculum Centre (NCDC) in 2005 and the Madrasa Resource Centre (MRC) Pre-school Curriculum which was designed by MRC Uganda in 2009. The two curricula are used concurrently to enrich the content delivered to learners in relation to MRC guidelines. The findings revealed that MT stories could be used across the Pre-primary School Curricula in delivering the content. Using MT stories motivated children’s active participation, indicating that the strategy was engaging. The findings also discovered other interactive strategies such as; retelling stories, role-play, drawing, singing, question and answer and others, supported the use of MT stories. Finally, in this collaborative action research, numerous teaching/learning experiences were achieved. This was observed through several instances, such as; minimal use of the chalkboard, integrating lessons, incorporating MT stories in delivering lessons; developing MT stories and storybooks; expertise in reflective practices and I developed various roles such as; mentoring, facilitating, as a change agent; a professional development teacher and as a researcher which has enabled me develop various skills. A number of recommendations have been highlighted.

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