Client(s): World Vision
Services: Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, ICTs in Education, Teacher Training
Expertise: Information and Communication Technologies, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Girls' and Women's Education
In recent years, due to disappointing national early-grade literacy scores, the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport has placed emphasis on the development of a new reading curriculum for grades 1-3. To support this effort, World Education developed the Total Reading Approach for Children (TRAC) system, a combination of reading benchmarks, interval assessments, and targeted reading interventions.
After the success of the TRAC pilot project (2012-2014), World Education has continued to develop its early-grade reading methodology, with the generous support of World Vision. Through TRAC+, World Education will expand the TRAC system to reach 170 schools in five provinces, as well as developing reading benchmarks for grade 3. As in the TRAC pilot program, TRAC+ will consist of three key interventions designed to improve early-grade reading in Cambodia:
In addition to supporting Cambodian schools, the TRAC+ project will also build the educational capacity of its funding partner, World Vision, whose staff will receive training on the TRAC system from the World Education implementation team.
- Reading Toolkits containing games that target specific reading skills, which parents are encouraged to check out from the library for use at home with their children
- Literacy coaches at participating schools, who support early-grade reading instruction and act as a liaison between schools and families, to ensure that reading practice is continuing outside of school hours
- The mLearning app, a collection of interactive learning games accessible in participating school libraries, which students play by themselves or with peer tutors
Like the TRAC pilot program before it, the TRAC+ project is expected to significantly improve the reading performance of students in its 170 participating school sites.
Check out a photo essay about World Education's work under the TRAC+ project: Learning to Read.