Tusome and USAID Improve Access to Education
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is facilitating the development and distribution of nearly 15 million textbooks and learning materials to reach 5.4 million school children, including those in conflict-affected regions by 2018.
The Tusome Early Grade Reading activity is a strategic national partnership between USAID and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology to improve access to quality education for all Kenyan children. Based on statistical evidence, the Ministry championed the scale-up of early grade reading initiatives in every Kenyan primary school.
Tusome is currently improving the English and Kiswahili reading and writing skills of Kenyan children in some 26,000 schools across the country. To build the capacity of educators and school administrators, Tusome rolled out a nationwide training program in 2015 to train teachers and senior county- and national-level education leaders in the new reading techniques and overall approach. Tusome includes a sustainable instructional leadership system, giving school administrators, Teacher Advisory Center tutors, and coaches the training and tools to effectively manage and support teachers in critical technical areas such, as lesson planning, curriculum coverage, and parental engagement, while addressing issues of teacher absenteeism.
Tusome will also assess relevant laws, policies, strategies and regulations and their impact on early-grade reading. The program will then design and jointly implement an intervention package with the Government of Kenya to address identified policy gaps and concerns to ensure the future sustainability of early grade reading programs in Kenya. All activities are co-implemented with Ministry staff with plans to put the program on budget and implemented by the GOK after 2018.