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 Program Aims to Improve Reading for 1M Children in Philippines

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

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.

Rwanda: 80 Mobile Libraries to Be Established Countrywide

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At least 80 mobile libraries will be instituted to address the lack of reading materials in various parts of Rwanda by 2016, said Said Yasin yesterday of Education Development Centre, Inc. (EDC).

EDC is an international non-governmental organization based in the US and currently working alongside Peace Corps, a US volunteer service organization, as well as Rwanda Education Board (REB) to promote the quality of education in the country.

Rwanda: Involving Parents in Children's Learning

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A new initiative has been launched that aims at engaging parents to actively participate in their children's education, mainly through encouraging the culture of reading.

The program that is being spearheaded by Education Development Centre, Inc. (EDC), a US-based organisation, is expected to increase the rate at which parents guide, educate, and interact with their children through discussions and debate.

Gearing Up for International Literacy Day

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In preparation for International Literacy Day, held on September 8, EDC is participating in several events designed to draw attention to efforts to improve literacy worldwide.

On Thursday, September 6, EDC invites literacy advocates to attend a discussion about Rwanda Reads, a new four-year strategic plan launched by Rwanda to build a culture of reading nationwide. The discussion will be held from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at EDC’s office at 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W., Washington, D.C. To attend this event, e-mail Evan Carbone.

EDC Takes Part in Reading Event at World Bank

EDC will join NGOs, think tanks, and other organizations on July 24–25 in a two-day session on early grade reading, hosted by the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat at the World Bank, Washington, DC. EDC’s Helen Boyle will moderate a panel on early grade reading assessment, and participants will discuss and share knowledge of evidence-based best practices in early grade reading around the world. This event will be broadcast live via Adobe Connect for those who are interested but unable to attend.