USAID’s READ Activity arranged Project Phase-out and Learning Sharing Workshop at Khagrachhari

Wednesday 17 January 2018

USAID’s Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) activity arranged a ‘Project Phase-out and Learning Sharing Workshop’ at Khagrachhari on December 27, 2017.  The event highlighted the learning of USAID’s READ Activity through the reading interventions among children of grade I-III. The program has observed a significant change in the Phonemic awareness, Letter Knowledge, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension among the grade I-III students. The Endline Study presented at the event shared the major findings including key changes in the identification of letter correctly, identification of similar words, increase of comprehension, read out the most used word correctly and the increase of self-reliant students.

The participants, especially district education officials expressed the urge of reading competency among the children in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) areas. They expressed the learning from the project should be replicated in other areas of Bangladesh. The participants also expressed that the reading activities should be continued as the children of this areas struggle with their mother tongue. A total of 86 participants including education officials, local administrators, teachers and project staff were present at the event.

From 2014 to December 2017, USAID’s Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) activity has contributed to increasing the reading competency of the students of 45 schools in three Upazilas (Sadar, Panchhari, Dighinala) of Khagrachhari district. The objective of the USAID’s READ Activity is to increase reading competences among early grade (I-III) students in the supported government primary schools (GPS) in the selected districts.