USAID celebrates six years of educational achievements in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, May 22, 2024 – On May 20, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the successful completion of Activity READ II, which has addressed the changing educational needs of children in Ethiopia since 2018 for more than $73 million. Education stakeholders, implementing partners and key figures from the education sector came together to share experiences, knowledge and lessons learned. Initially focused on early grade reading, the program was adapted to reach more than four million elementary school students nationwide.

In response to the crisis arising from the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the READ II activity has played a key role in supporting the reopening and operation of primary schools in conflict-affected areas in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions . During the implementation of educational recovery activities, READ II has successfully supported some 700,000 children to return to learning, built the capacity of caregivers to provide psychosocial support to traumatized students, and established local support mechanisms to reduce violence gender related to school.

During the event, key achievements of the past six years were shared. Teacher training reached more than 50,000 primary language and English primary school teachers, based on evidence-based reading pedagogy to improve classroom instruction for more than 3.5 million children. The training was not limited to teachers, but also included more than 5,000 school administrators who have become strong educational leaders. Reading culture has been enriched at school, community and household levels in over 3,000 primary schools and the communities they serve in 81 Weardas spanning seven regions.

Teachers, students and school principals shared positive comments at the event. Etege Taitu, a sixth grade teacher, reflected: “Before taking the training that READ II provided, I used to punish students for incomplete assignments without understanding their underlying challenges. But now I provide personalized support addressing your individual needs. Currently, I implement student-centered teaching methods such as group discussions and interactive activities to engage students of diverse abilities and learning styles. “I have witnessed a positive outcome in student engagement and academic performance.”

The half-day event featured presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches to addressing educational challenges.

For 120 years, the United States and Ethiopia have partnered in health and education, agriculture and food security, science and environment, and many other areas to improve the lives of all Ethiopians.

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