The USAID Partnership for Education: Learning (Learning) activity is a six-year activity that supports Ghana's Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service and affiliated educational institutions to improve reading performance for early grade pupils in public primary schools.
Learning’s early grade reading program, which ran from December 2014 to September 2019, aligned with the U.S. Agency for International Development global goal of “all children reading” and used the Ghanaian language for instruction. During the 2017-2019 academic years, more than 7,200 schools in 100 districts implemented the early grade reading program throughout 10 regions of Ghana. By the end of 2019, 707,843 pupils in kindergarten and primary grades 1 and 2 benefited from the project and more than 51,000 teachers, head teachers and curriculum leads received high-quality instructional materials and training in innovative reading instruction methodology. The program also improved overall accountability by using a fidelity of implementation system that monitored lessons using tablets and real-time data to improve teaching and learning in schools.
To address the transition from the Ghanaian languages to English instruction, FHI 360, under Learning, is implementing a transition-to-English (T2E) program from October 2019 to September 2020 to demonstrate proof of concept in transferring reading skills from local languages to reading in English. The T2E program approach builds on the early grade reading program by utilizing a systematic phonics-based program with strong vocabulary, language comprehension and writing that is aligned with and links to the newly introduced Ghanaian curriculum.