The USAID/Jamaica Basic Education Project aims to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve early grade reading in Grades 1-3 of 172 of the poorest performing primary and all-age schools in three educational regions in Jamaica. This focus is in line with the USAID Global Education Strategy Goal One: Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary school by 2015. The program, which focuses on teacher training and the development of measurement tools to assess student progress, will focus on improving reading skills in target schools. At the same time, USAID is initiating a parenting activity through the Ministry of Education to develop parent-school partnerships to increase the engagement of parents in literacy development for their children. To date USAID/Jamaica has supported 438 education administrators and officials successfully trained; 17,210 learners enrolled in primary schools and/or equivalent non-school based settings; 467 teachers/educators trained; and 1,292 grade 3 students who benefit from remedial intervention in literacy.
Last updated: February 19, 2014