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.
A randomized controlled trial (RCT) found that students in the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program were 8 percent more likely to land jobs than youth who did not participate in the program. The study, involving more than 1,500 young people during Year 1 of the three-year program, also showed increased work readiness and increased confidence in job-seeking.
Education Development Center (EDC) through the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) Project supported the curriculum development process when the AK2 work readiness program was integrated into the CBC. As part of REB’s orientation on the CBC at the sector level, they helped schools and teachers to develop a strategy for School-Based In-service Training (SBI). The SBI is a peer-learning training model that encourages teachers and administrators to share skills and knowledge they learn in trainings with other teachers.
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.