Helping young South Africans achieve their potential demands a greater investment in literacy skills of primary grade learners in a rural areas. This challenge is being addressed through enhancing teachers’ skills and recruiting and training community members to serve as literacy volunteers.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world (Jewkes et al, 2009). Women who experience violence – either sexual or physical – are at increased likelihood for a range of physical, mental and emotional health difficulties (Campbell et al, 2002). GBV also increases the risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a particular concern in South Africa where an estimated 17.3% of adults are living with HIV (Statistics South Africa, 2010).
While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor. TARMII-FP will work to address this problem by providing teachers with a computer-based assessment tool that will help teachers to more effectively address individual student learning needs in reading.
This evaluation of the Networks of Hope Program was conducted by Rural Outreach and Development Services (ROADS). ROADS was contracted by Pact on behalf of USAID to evaluate the World Vision’s Network of Hope (NOH) Program for addressing the needs of OVC in six Area Develop Projects (ADP) with the goal of improving their quality of life and resilience in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
Improving primary grade reading is critically important to the success of South African children. In order to maximize student achievement, teachers must have the skills to deliver quality education. To improve primary grade reading outcomes, Ukusiza will strengthen teacher professional development by developing and distributing high-quality digital teacher training content.
Last updated: November 19, 2013