This document summarizes student assessment data collected from 15 recent EDC projects to determine the impact of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) on student achievement in hard-to-reach areas. The research shows consistent learning gains among elementary and pre-school students and improved practices among teachers.
This study reviews student assessment data collected from 15 recent EDC projects to determine the impact of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) on student achievement in hard-to-reach areas. The data indicates that exposure to IRI is associated with higher levels of student achievement, consistently producing learning gains among its participants of diverse ages and in diverse settings. A six-page summary of the report is also available here.
EDC’s basic education programs in low-resource contexts support the development of learners who can use language to explain and analyze the world around them and who have the foundational skills to think critically and solve the range of problems they will encounter in school and life. Integration of early literacy and mathematics instruction promotes the development of thinking and decision-making skills and lays the foundation for later success. The Literacy, Language and Learning (L3) Initiative’s effort to bridge literacy and math in Rwandan primary education is one promising example.
Results and Lessons Learned from the L3 Initiative
The Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative was a five-year project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in Rwanda between August 2011 and January 2017. L3’s strategic objective was to strengthen teaching and learning, so that children leave primary school with solid literacy and numeracy skills. This executive report summarizes the activities of the project, recommendations and lessons learned.
Over the last few years, Rwanda has expanded primary school education to all students. Now, with the help of donors like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rwanda is focusing on improving the quality of its education system — especially in the teaching of primary school literacy — so that all children achieve the learning necessary to succeed in school and to escape poverty.