Teacher and Administrator Professional Development

Building a Strong Foundation for Literacy in Rwanda

IDD | EDC | Publication

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.


Early-Grade Literacy in Rwanda: Taking Stock in 2016

IDD | EDC | Publication

 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.


PAQUED Final Evaluation Report

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 (Read Philippines)

Basa Philippines Project

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.

United States Agency for International Development

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.”

Addressing South Sudan’s Teacher Shortage

Media Outlet: 
USAID Impact

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.

South Sudan Launches Program to Teach Teachers

Media Outlet: 
Voice of America

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.