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.
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.
Teachers’ literacy knowledge, instructional practices, and their students’ reading performance in PAQUED-supported schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The findings from this study show that experimental teachers’ knowledge of how to teach reading and writing is more closely aligned with sound literacy instruction than their IAI-only and control counterparts. Experimental teachers’ practice also changed significantly within a year of using the reading program. As a result, the performance of the students of these experimental teachers in key reading skills like letter identification and fluency showed 3 dramatic differences in comparison to their control counterparts.
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. The project commenced in January 2013 and will be implemented for four years.
In South Sudan, teachers are hampered by a lack of formal training and a student-teacher ratio of 100 to 1. EDC’s South Sudan Teacher Education Project is providing educators with the skills they need to address these challenges.
The South Sudanese government has launched a program to improve the skills of the country's teachers, fewer than five percent of whom have the necessary skills to teach in the country's schools, according to education officials. Among conditions that need a fix are a lack of textbooks and very low pay, critics say, noting that teachers make 360 South Sudanese Pounds per month, which is less than $100.
To address the challenges of youth employment and take advantage of economic opportunities in Liberia, the five-year USAID Advancing Youth Project works closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and local organizations to increase access to quality Alternative Basic Education (ABE) services, social opportunities, leadership development, and livelihood training for out-of-school youth aged 13–35, who have low or no literacy and numeracy skills.