In August, USAID Time to Learn Zambia (TTL) donated learning and teaching materials, along with clothing to students of the St. Patrick’s School in Lusaka. TTL supports community schools, which enroll the most economically disadvantaged children who struggle with both psychosocial and academic issues.
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.
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.
This report presents results of the endline literacy and mathematics assessments conducted in October 2016. The results of the endline are compared with the baseline, which was conducted in October 2014 at the beginning of the L3 intervention.
The USAID-funded Literacy, Language and Learning Initiative (L3) Community Libraries (CLs) aims to put books in the hands of children, parents and community members. L3, working closely with community partners, establishes libraries across the country in the most rural and lowest-income communities, where there are few opportunities to access rich and enjoyable reading materials. Volunteers, community-based civil society organizations, churches, and other partners mobilize and organize communities to manage and use libraries well.
Vernacular is a set of reading activities that Zambian primary students can complete using android tablets. The software is designed to be customized with local language, artwork and sound recordings, at very little cost, so it can be rolled out in other Bantu languages within both Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa. Vernacular represents an excellent tool to improve literacy, as it provides learners with the opportunity to practice their reading skills, receive immediate feedback, and also watch their peers do the same, at low cost per user.
Rwanda has made commendable efforts to improve basic education, including literacy in the early grades. Students are learning to read and write in Kinyarwanda, and they are acquiring the language skills to read and write in English. The Ministry of Education’s Rwanda Education Board and its development partners have laid a firm strategic and policy foundation for continuing to raise literacy rates.
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.