Okuu Keremet! (Learning is Awesome!)

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1,687 target schools and 82 public libraries will receive total of almost 900,000 copies of new books.
1,687 target schools and 82 public libraries will receive total of almost 900,000 copies of new books.

Duration: November 1, 2019 – October 30, 2024

Budget: $18,997,874

Implementing Partner: RTI International

Key Partners: Ministry of Education and Science; Ministry of Culture, Information, and Tourism; Kyrgyz Academy of Education; Republican Institute for Advanced Training and Re-Training; regional teacher training institutes

Activity Location: Nationwide

Okuu Keremet! (Learning is Awesome!) is a project designed to help improve learning outcomes in reading and math among 300,000          students in grades 1-4 in 1,686 target schools in the Kyrgyz Republic.

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) of the Kyrgyz Republic, Okuu Keremet! will focus on improving the quality of teaching reading and math to early grade learners. The project will also provide students with high-quality supplementary learning materials and work with the government on improving the quality of education for every child. 

EXPECTED IMPACT AND RESULTS

  • In 2021, Okuu Keremet! collaborated with the Kyrgyz Academy of Education to revise subject standards in reading and math in the primary school cycle. The revised subject standards are being reviewed by the Ministry of Education and Science.
  • In December 2021, Okuu Keremet! finalized a year-long cycle of training sessions for more than 17,500 primary grade teachers and librarians on effective methods of teaching reading. The training was based on special training modules developed by the project. In January 2022, 14,742 teachers who successfully completed all five modules qualified for certification by the Government.
  • The project has designed these training modules on an electronic learning platform called Moodle that can be used online or offline. This platform enables the Government to deliver distance education when needed.
  • In January 2022, the project launched math training for primary grade teachers in four languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek and Tajik. Training will continue in the next two years to cover 14,000 teachers across the country.
  • USAID supported development of two user-friendly applications to improve the quality of reading instructions. One app helps teachers to assess students’ reading skills, the other assists methodologists to mentor teachers through classroom observations. Both apps are being used in 1,686 target schools. In addition, around 3,500 school administrative staff and methodologists of district education departments were trained to mentor teachers in primary schools.
  • Since the launch of the project, USAID supported the development of 775 digital books in Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek, and Tajik languages. They are all available on the Bloom Library and the Ministry of Education website. The project also distributed 285,000 books among 1,065 schools and 82 libraries.
  • The project also works with children, parents and communities to enhance out-of-school learning. A 3-week reading campaign took place in December 2021 to mark National Literature Day. More than 40,000 schoolchildren were engaged in book-reading marathons around the country by reading electronic books. Additionally, 126 public librarians learned about Okuu Keremet!’s e-books and how they can be used during this campaign.  
  • USAID conducts reading and math assessments to measure the impact of the project. In the spring of 2021, Okuu Keremet! administered early grade reading and mathematics assessments among Grade 2 and Grade 4 students. The findings of these assessments are being used to further improve the quality of instruction in reading and math.
  • Okuu Keremet! conducted analysis of the situation in public schools to identify whether gender-related issues affect the learning process and outcomes. The project also analyzed the level of inclusivity of education in the country. The results of these studies are used to make informed decisions about further implementation of the project.

Last updated: March 02, 2022

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