Below you can find information about our LILIEMA workshops in reversed chronological order, starting with the most recent workshop. During these workshops, we develop the LILIEMA method, create and revise our teaching materials and train (new) teachers.


In December 2019, we organised two workshops in the villages that are central zones of LILIEMA activities. During the workshops we revised Level 1 and Level 2 materials of our LILIEMA teaching resources, provided further teacher training and created complementary resources such as class room games additional activities that can be tailored to the needs of the learners.


With SOAS impact funding, we were able to take the programme to the next level: in November 2017, we gathered the then six LILIEMA teachers and trainers and five learners, all from Agnack Grand, Agnack Petit, Brin and Djibonker, villages in Casamance where the method was already being piloted, for a second workshop in Carabane. Our aim was to take stock of the achievements and challenges of our first trial, and to consolidate the programme.  Over six days, we decided on running the programme in two levels: an initial course for learners without or with only little exposure to Latin-based literacy, and a second level for learners with previous exposure to the Latin alphabet. For both levels, we decided on learning goals and a syllabus charting the steps towards them.


In January 2017 we held our first LILIEMA workshop in Orango, Guinea Bissau with a team of nine people. Some of the participants were members of the Crossroads project, others were interested in becoming LILIEMA teachers or joined us as motivated students who at the same time evaluated our work.

In this first workshop we charted the outline of the LILIEMA education programme, established our first teaching materials and tested them.