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.
The DRC faces severe challenges in educating young children. Access to schooling is limited; the primary school enrollment rate is only about 60 percent. Nearly 20 percent drop out in their first year. Also, nearly a third of government teachers go unpaid, contributing to a high rate of teacher absenteeism and children sitting idle in the classroom.
The Project D’Amelioration de la Qualite de l’Education (PAQUED) was a 5-year project intended to strengthen teaching and learning so that children leave primary school with solid literacy/numeracy skills. A 6-month extension in 2014-15 focused on supporting Ministry of Education partners in the effective roll-out of their national reading and writing curriculum and teacher training policy. PAQUED was financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Education Development Center, Inc.
To track and measure changes in student reading performance over a period of time, data was collected from randomly selected second grade students in a comparison cohort in school year 2013/14 and in an intervention cohort in school year 2014/15.
Basa Pilipinas is USAID/Philippines’ flagship basic education project in support of the Philippine Government’s early grade reading program. Implemented in close collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), Basa Pilipinas aims to improve the reading skills for at least one million early grade students in Filipino, English and selected mother tongues. This will be achieved by improving reading instruction, reading delivery systems, and access to quality reading materials.
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.
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.