EDC to Begin Early Literacy Program in Rwanda

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The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $22 million over five years to assist the Ministry of Education in Rwanda in creating new national standards for literacy and numeracy. EDC will implement the Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative, to be known as L3, which also aims to improve education in grades 1 to 4.

EDC Delivers Services Despite Ebola Crisis

As Ebola rages across West Africa, nongovernmental organizations such as EDC are finding creative ways to continue to deliver programming. Lisa Hartenberger Toby discusses the importance of education and how radio can be used as a teaching tool when it is unsafe to gather in classrooms.

Jill Biden Visits EDC Zambia

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Students and educators in a school improvement project run by EDC in Lusaka, Zambia, met today with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, during their visit to the region. The project, known as Time to Learn, is USAID/Zambia’s flagship program for improving education in community schools.

EDC Program Aims to Improve Reading for 1M Children in Philippines

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In the Philippines, EDC’s Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) project makes a pledge to get more than 1 million young children reading. The results of this USAID-funded program are discussed in this story from the Philippine Inquirer.

Literacy Goal: 1 Million

Teachers in the Philippines participate in a literacy training.


There is a critical transition that happens during elementary school—children first learn to read, then they read to learn.

Young students in the Philippines are struggling to do both.

“Many students cannot read with comprehension,” says EDC’s Marcial Salvatierra. “This is a problem that affects them throughout their academic careers.”

USAID Selects EDC to Help Improve Reading in the Philippines

Waltham, Mass.: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to lead a new four-year effort in the Philippines to improve reading skills in the early grades. The Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) project will seek to improve the reading skills of 1 million children in Filipino, English, and selected mother tongues by 2015.

Rwanda: 1,000 Mentors for Literacy Campaign

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One thousand mentors will be deployed in various schools this academic year under the Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) campaign, which is being implemented by Education Development Centre, Inc., a US-based organization.

This move is in line with enforcing full implementation of the School-Based Mentoring Program (SBMP), an initiative aimed at building teachers' capacity to effectively adopt new teaching techniques that include video modules.