Reading for Ethiopia's Achievement Developed (READ I and II)
This activity aims to improve the reading and writing skills of children in primary grades 1–8 in seven of the most commonly spoken mother languages in Ethiopia, including curriculum revision, development of new pupil books and teacher guides, teacher training, and the creation of supplementary reading materials. It also develops a culture of reading through community-based activities and supports the monitoring of student learning progress.The overall objective of this follow-on activity is to contribute to USAID/Ethiopia’s goal of improving the reading proficiency of 15 million children. The activity also intends to achieve two cross-cutting and complementary objectives: demonstrate interventions that can meaningfully and measurably prepare a range of vulnerable students for learning and contribute to the implementation of a structured gender approach to increase boys’ and girls’ grade retention and grade progression at key grades in key regions or zones. The activity is intended to support grade 1–4 students, teachers and communities as primary beneficiaries of this activity, while grade 5–8 students, teachers and youth are secondary priorities.