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June 23, 2022

USAID works with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and local partners to improve the quality of education through assistance at the national, provincial, district, and community school levels. In collaboration with the Zambia Ministry of General Education (MOGE), USAID focuses on improving overall learner performance by bolstering the critical foundational reading skills in children in the early grades of primary school. 

Through the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) project, USAID has partnered with the University of Cape Town, South Africa, J-PAL Africa, UNICEF, and the MOGE to implement initiatives based on the foundations established by the Indian NGO Pratham.

June 23, 2022

With an HIV prevalence rate of 11.1 percent, Zambia receives significant support from USAID under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These PEPFAR investments focus on scaling up integrated HIV prevention and care and treatment programs, with the goal of supporting Zambia to reach HIV epidemic control. The USAID Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (Z-CHPP) is designed to prevent new HIV infections through community-based behavioral interventions, improved condom accessibility and use, and promotion of high-impact services.

June 23, 2022

The USAID Let’s Read Project works with the Zambia Ministry of Education (MOE) to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million children in pre-primary (kindergarten) through Grade 3 in public and community schools. The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure that students read with comprehension and fluency in one of Zambia’s seven official local languages of instruction. USAID Let’s Read is implemented in over half of all public primary and community schools in ten provinces in Zambia.

June 23, 2022

Transforming Teacher Education is the U.S. government’s signature higher education partnership in Zambia. This activity strengthens the capacity of Zambia’s Colleges of Education (COE) and universities to equip teachers with the tools they need to deliver high-quality instruction in reading and local language literacy. The activity will ultimately ensure teachers are better prepared to help their students thrive in the classroom.

June 23, 2022

Zambia continues to be plagued by poor education quality, with reading assessments for early grades consistently showing that over 80 percent of children are unable to read and write at the end of their second year of learning. According to the McKinsey Global Institute (2011), education systems similar to Zambia’s improve when the focus is on basic skills, supervision, and use of learning assessment data.

In collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s (GRZ) Ministry of Education (MOE), USAID works on improving learner performance by developing critical foundational reading skills in children in the early grades of primary school. USAID’s Education Data project provides distinct assessment, evaluation, and research services to track progress of the USAID/Zambia Education Office’s reading programs in Zambia.


Last updated: July 14, 2022

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