USAID/MOE Education Partnership for Improved Reading Outcomes
Duration: 2013 – 2015
Ministry of Education
The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is collaborating with USAID/Jamaica through a Government to Government (G2G) initiative to implement a comprehensive reading activity. The new G2G activity will support the GOJ’s efforts to improve reading among students in Grades 1 -3 of 450 poor performing primary and All Age schools across Jamaica. The activity compromises education regions targeted because of risk factors such as crime, poverty and unemployment.
The focus of the G2G activity is
- To enhance Grades 1-3 teachers' competence in the teaching of phonological awareness, phonics and vocabulary;
- To improve grades 1-3 students' performance in the fundamentals of reading instruction;
- To further equip school principals and education officers in the effective management of literacy instructions in the schools that they supervise;
- To provide parents with basic knowledge and skills and strategies on literacy development so that they can better impact their children's progress in education;
- To provide classroom teachers and other stakeholders with free access to all literacy resources developed under the MOE USAID Jamaica Basic Education Activity;
- To improve delivery in areas of the curriculum that deal with gender based instruction; and
- To improve the tracking and monitoring of literacy resources and programs of the Ministry through adequate human resource and technical management.
CBSI funds support 54 schools in Regions 1, 4, and 6. The CBSI component of the education program benefits approximately 11,000 students and 200 teachers. The targeted regions include education regions that experience the highest levels of crime and violence and are part of the Government of Jamaica’s Community Renewal Program.
The 172 schools which were previously funded under the former USAID/Jamaica Basic Education Project remain a part of the 450 G2G schools. Over the past three years, the Jamaica Basic Education Project, funded by USAID in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE), provided invaluable support to literacy development in Grades 1-3 of the Jamaican Education System. USAID/Jamaica will continue this support and assist the MOE directly by providing capacity building and technical assistance to the Government of Jamaica’s National Comprehensive Literacy Program.
Last updated: March 19, 2014