Tusome Early Grade Reading

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Learning to read fluently in primary school is a critical foundational skill and one of the greatest predictors of academic success. Tusome (“Let’s Read” in Kiswahili) is a flagship partnership between USAID and the Government of Kenya (GOK) through the Ministry of Education (MOE). Since 2015, the GOK has invested approximately $62.5 million in teachers, curriculum support officers, and teaching and learning materials that complement the Tusome program, serving as the GOK’s co-investment with USAID in all 22,952 public primary schools and over 1,500 low-cost private primary schools across Kenya.

For every $1 USAID invests in Tusome, it leverages $0.70 in GOK contributions to the early primary grades. As a result of Tusome’s research-driven instructional approach and learning materials alongside its tablet-based online feedback and monitoring system, the program has reached 7.8 million grade 1-3 pupils and is one of the most effective programs to improve learning outcomes at scale funded by any development partner globally. Implementation of Tusome has ensured gradual strengthening of the MOE’s capacity to improve student learning outcomes nationwide and advance accountability and sustainability. 

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Friday, February 25, 2022 - 4:00pm

Last updated: March 01, 2022