Reading for all in Lebanon
Years of civil war and prolonged periods of unrest, including the conflict in neighboring Syria, pose significant challenges to development in Lebanon. This includes improving the public education system so that children can learn.
An effective approach must combine both crisis response and development methodologies. We are working with World Learning to implement the Quality Instruction Towards Access & Basic Education Improvement Program (QITABI).
Our experts contribute to this effort by collecting and analyzing data of children’s reading levels by implementing early grade reading assessments, and training quality control officers and enumerators to properly carry out those assessments.
We also conduct surveys on teacher’s knowledge of reading instructions and hold policy workshops based on the findings of the reading assessments and the reading instruction surveys. We are also testing the Universal Screening Tool to be used by teachers as part of the formative assessment mandate, and will provide troubleshooting support to teachers throughout the country as they bring this new application to their classrooms.
As a result of this effort, we have helped USAID continue its work with the Lebanese Ministry of Education to improve reading outcomes for primary school students, increase access and improve the learning environment, and strengthen management of the education system to better direct and monitor education.