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Many primary grade children in low income countries cannot read at grade level. The leading international assessment, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, indicates that low-income countries perform, on average, at the bottom 20 percent in the world. Since early grade reading competency is essential to success in later grades, children who do not learn to read at an early age will likely make limited educational progress throughout their lives. They will have limited economic and developmental opportunities as a result.
USAID is working to produce meaningful, measurable improvement in student reading for the largest possible number of children through support for programs that:
- Improve teaching techniques and learning materials
- Support regular assessments in partner countries to measure reading skills
- Maximize instruction time spent on basic skills in the classroom, especially reading
- Support instruction in native languages in early grades
- Promote parental and community involvement in early grade reading
By 2015, USAID aims to improve the reading skill of 100 million primary grade children.
Learn more about USAID's collaboration with World Vision and the Australian Agency for International Development to promote the development of innovations aimed at improving student literacy in primary grades through All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development.
Last updated: October 30, 2015