Client(s): US Peace Corps, USAID
Services: Assessment, Capacity Building, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Technical Assistance
Expertise: Basic Education for Children and Adults, Early Childhood Development, Girls' and Women's Education
The Mozambican Ministry of Education has made significant efforts in recent years to improve the quality of their education system and boost their early grade reading outcomes. However, the Mozambican education system still struggles with large classroom sizes, a scarcity of educational materials, and low reading outcomes in the early grades. In 2015, World Education began its partnership on the Community Library Program (CLP) with Peace Corps (PC) Mozambique to address these challenges. Since 2016, World Education has provided literacy training, technical support, logistics, and monitoring and evaluation services for the CLP.
The overall goal of the CLP is to improve early grade reading outcomes through literacy activities and services, as well as to strengthen parental and community engagement in education. The program aims to increase the quantity of time children practice reading outside the classroom, which has shown to be a crucial factor for enhancing reading outcomes in the early grades. In the CLP, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) receive training, books, materials, and support to begin small community libraries with a focus on sustainability and counterpart training. Each Community Library promotes early grade reading activities through service learning activities and youth leadership development opportunities.
World Education works to train PCVs and their counterparts in literacy and community library, in addition to selecting books, distributing starter library kits, providing technical support in literacy activities, and conducting high-level evaluation services using both the early grade literacy assessment tool and other evaluation tools designed for PCVs and their libraries. World Education also uses mobile data collection to track CLP progress and provide technical support to libraries throughout Mozambique.