Zambia Let’s Read
Education Development Center (EDC)
Resonance, The Flemish Association for Development Cooperation (VVOB), and Kentalis
January 2019 – August 2023
Zambia has made notable strides in early grade reading outcomes, and, in 2013, Zambia’s Ministry of General Education (MoGE) launched the national Primary Literacy Program (PLP) for public and community schools. Despite this progress, challenges remain in meeting national literacy benchmarks among primary school learners. The USAID/Zambia Let’s Read Project, a five-year initiative led by the Education Development Center (EDC), is working to strengthen the implementation of the PLP through a reading intervention package, teacher professional development, a new performance tracking system, and community engagement strategies. The Let’s Read project expects to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million children attending pre-primary school (kindergarten) through Grade 3 in five provinces in Zambia.
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) hold the potential to significantly advance Let’s Read and the Government of Zambia’s early education goals. The private sector – e.g., through co-investment, market-led innovations and service models, and new technology deployment – brings unique insights, expertise, and resources to the table to help overcome educational barriers and attain literacy goals in Zambia. Resonance leads the charge to develop PPPs and engage the private sector for Let’s Read: We are mapping the local private sector landscape, analyzing potential partners’ ability and motivation to contribute to Let’s Read’s goals, and facilitating and nurturing partnerships that advance primary literacy in Zambia. Resonance will also strengthen the ability of Let’s Read’s partners, including MoGE, to engage with the private sector and mobilize company support through shared-value partnerships.
In Let’s Read’s first year, the Resonance team has:
As the project enters its second year, the Resonance team looks forward to formalizing and implementing partnerships with the private sector that advance Zambia’s literacy goals.