Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity

The Tusome (“Let’s Read” in Swahili) Early Grade Reading activity is a flagship partnership launched in 2015 between USAID and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MOEST). Tusome, now being implemented through the Ministry's systems in every primary school in the country, will improve the reading skills of 5.4 million pupils. The Tusome technical approach employs research- driven learning materials, proven teaching methodologies and a cutting edge tablet-based feedback and monitoring system implanted by MOEST officials. The program is also being introduced in 1,000 Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) institutions in Kenya.

The Tusome design is built from a rigorous multi-stakeholder pilot with investments from the Ministry, USAID, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID). Twice the percentage of pupils in pilot schools were able to read at national literacy benchmarks from 2011-2014. The pilot program introduced state-of-the-art teaching methods, technology, learning materials and teachers’ guides for improved literacy in English and Kiswahili. Based on the statistical evidence, the Ministry and USAID have forged an historic partnership to jointly scale up and roll out the program nationwide.
 
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Friday, December 15, 2017 - 9:00am

Last updated: December 15, 2017