Education Development Center (EDC) considers the impact of gender, inclusion, and social norms throughout the project life cycle, while respecting local culture. EDC endeavors to promote gender equality and inclusion among our staff and in the communities where we work. through the implementation of gender and inclusion assessments and strategies. Additionally, we strive to design and implement programs and policies that:
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.
The USAID Huguka Dukore activity is a 5-year (December 9, 2016-December 8, 2021) youth employment program that will provide 40,000 out-of-school youth, including 34,000 new youth and 6,000 Akazi Kanoze alumni, with market-relevant employability skills and pathways to new or better employment. Huguka Dukore will build upon and scale up successfully proven Akazi Kanoze interventions, across at least 19 districts (of 30 total) countrywide using innovations that will invite more youth to participate in Rwanda?s continued economic growth.
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.
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.