USAID Readers are Leaders Project
Reading and numeracy skills, which are developed in the early stages of education, are essential for the student’s future success, both in and outside of the classroom. Reading is not only a basic skill in life, but also a necessity for learning in other school subjects. Students, who do not learn to read fluently in the first grades, later on fail to use reading in order to learn other subjects, lag behind from their peers and that struggle accumulates over time.
One of the main indicators, clearly showing that students in Macedonia need to improve these skills, is their underperformance at all international language, math, and science assessments, such as TIMMS, PIRLS, and PISA, putting them below the international standards and benchmarks. On the other hand, assessments of reading and literacy skills in early grades on the national level have not been happening regularly. Having these would strongly help diagnose the real situation and find ways for improvements in this matter.
USAID Readers are Leaders Project is designed to search for answers to these challenges and much more. The Project aims to assess early grade reading and numeracy, strengthen teacher’s pedagogical skills, as well as increase community recognition and appreciation of reading and numeracy skills.
We partner with the Ministry of Education and Science, plus other educational institutions, and we work with early-grade students from all primary schools within the country, along with school staff, parents, and local communities. In order to assess and improve the early stages of literacy and numeracy, within the country, we apply a holistic approach, where project activities are implemented through five interrelated components:
1. Reading and Numeracy Assessment
2. Professional Development
3. Learning Communities
4. Digital Learning Resources
5. Family and Community Involvement
The component sections offer more details for the goals and planned activities for each component, as well as for the possibilities for your inclusion in the project.