READ
Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development

Background



Bangladesh has made dramatic strides in improving access to basic education, driven by strong government leadership and successful partnerships among government, donors and NGOs.

Despite unprecedented gains in educational access, however, the government’s National Student Assessment findings in 2011 point to weak Bangla language competency in grades 3 and 5. The findings also show that Bangla competency, including reading skill, decreases from third grade to fifth grade. This suggests that some children fall more and more behind due to a weak foundation. Weak literacy negatively affects the education system and economy as a whole as well as reducing the learning opportunities of the individual.

The Government of Bangladesh’s (GOB) Third Primary Education Development Plan (PEDP III) provides a comprehensive framework to address these challenges. Thanks to USAID support, the Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) project will reinforce government efforts to improve the quality of education.

WHAT IS READ?

USAID’s flagship READ project is a 4-year collaboration with Save the Children International  to improve early grade reading competence. Learning to read affects all aspects of children’s education. By ensuring a strong foundation at the beginning of school, the expectation is that fewer children will repeat grades or drop out in the primary cycle. A higher proportion will hopefully complete school with solid primary school skills – such as literacy - which are critical life skills in today’s world.

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