U.S. Government Strengthens Teacher Training in Zambian Colleges of Education

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Chalimbana University Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. William Phiri receives library materials from USAID/Zambia Education Office Director Sarah Crites
Chalimbana University Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. William Phiri receives library materials from USAID/Zambia Education Office Director Sarah Crites commemorating the delivery of teacher training supplies provided through the USAID Transforming Teacher Education Program.
USAID/Zambia

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Chando Mapoma
0211-357-000

During September 2021, the Embassy of the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), distributed approximately 2,000 books and learning materials and digital resources to Zambia’s 12 Colleges of Education (COE) and university libraries.  

In partnership with the Zambia Research and Education Network, USAID also provided computers and wireless internet access at 10 teacher-training institutions.  Coinciding with International Literacy Month, the materials will enhance teacher education and bolster digital literacy instruction for new teachers. 

“USAID is honored to partner with and support Zambia’s teacher education institutions.  Teachers have a critical responsibility to educate the next generation of Zambian children,” noted Sarah Crites, USAID/Zambia Education Office Director.  Through this partnership, Zambia’s 12 teacher training colleges and universities will be better equipped with the expertise and resources needed to prepare primary school teachers for the demands of the classroom.

A situation analysis conducted in February and March 2021 found that all 12 of Zambia’s universities and COEs were lacking in key literacy resources including books, internet connectivity, and functioning computers.  The materials USAID donated to the libraries include resources on teaching language and literacy; pupil literacy books; and teachers’ guides aligned with Zambia’s Primary Literacy Programme. 

USAID support for teacher education in Zambia is facilitated through the Transforming Teacher Education project, a five-year, K300 million ($15 million) partnership with Florida State University; School-to-School International; and the University of Zambia School of Education.  As USAID’s signature higher education partnership in Zambia, the Transforming Teacher Education project aims to strengthen the capacity of COEs and universities to better equip future primary school teachers with the tools they need to deliver effective, innovative instruction in reading and local language literacy.

Last updated: October 22, 2021

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