The Project D’Amelioration de la Qualite de l’Education (PAQUED) was a 5-year project intended to strengthen teaching and learning so that children leave primary school with solid literacy/numeracy skills. A 6-month extension in 2014-15 focused on supporting Ministry of Education partners in the effective roll-out of their national reading and writing curriculum and teacher training policy. PAQUED was financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MEPSP).
This brief presents findings from an impact evaluation of the project’s 6-month 2014-2015 experimental reading intervention in Lingala in Grade 1 and French in Grade 2 in 16 experimental schools in Mbandaka in DRC’s Equateur province. The program was developed to assist the MEPSP in experimenting with research-based approaches to implementing their new national primary reading and writing standards and their teacher professional development policy. EDC’s Read Right Now! (RRN) literacy approach was of particular interest to the MEPSP because it intentionally combines robust teacher professional development opportunities and enhanced teaching and learning materials with daily routines of balanced literacy activities that can be adapted to any language.