Duration: September 2014 to September 2018
The USAID-funded Quality Instruction towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) project aims to expand equitable access and improve learning outcomes for vulnerable students in Lebanese public schools. The project will have an immediate focus on alleviating the strains to the system resulting from the continuing inflow of Syrian refugee children into Lebanese public schools. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon (MEHE), QITABI will improve facilities, services, and teaching as well as effectively engage communities and school councils to improve learning and increase the chances of youth remaining in the education system. The QITABI Consortium is led by World Learning, and includes Ana Aqra’, AMIDEAST, and Management Systems International (MSI). These partners will provide technical assistance and capacity building within the context of three project components.
The project provides technical assistance and capacity building within the context of three project components:
Component 1: Improving reading outcomes for primary level public school students
QITABI Component 1 focuses on improving early grade students’ Reading skills in Arabic language in 260 primary public schools, Grades 1 to 4. QITABI’s approach includes conducting Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Baseline, and implementing two-year Early Grade Reading (EGR) Intervention based on Balanced Literacy Approach. The project’s EGR intervention includes capacity building of DOPS monitors, CERD master trainers and training/coaching of around 1,000 primary teachers by providing day-to-day support through the project’s Early Grade Reading (EGR) facilitators, in addition to holding parental/community awareness Reading activities. QITABI’s intervention in the public schools provides key resources including educational materials such as carpets, flip charts, audio system, and bookshelves, and classroom libraries composed of read aloud and leveled reading books for grades 1-4 to impact reading instruction and learning for 34,000 students. In addition, QITABI is supplying up ICT equipment and Arabic digitized content to support classroom instruction in grades 1 to 6, improving classroom learning environments for 50,000 students.
Component 2: Expanding access to safe and relevant education for vulnerable public school students
QITABI’s Component 2 aims to increase enrollment and retention in the formal education system by improving the school environment in 300 public schools located across various regions and marginalized communities in Lebanon. The project will equip the public schools with ICT resource rooms to improve the learning environments in the classrooms, affecting 60,000 students. The project will support MEHE in building a child-friendly school through the development of social/psychosocial activities as well as design and implementation of ICT strategy for the primary school level. The project will address the transportation barrier to school attendance, often faced by vulnerable student population, through procurement of up to 100 school buses. The project will also reach the out-of-school population through the school in a bus program to conduct Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLN) classes and perform outreach to promote enrollment in formal education.
Component 3: Strengthening management (resilience in the education system to better direct and monitor education
The effectiveness of Components 1 and 2 is reliant on the presence of strong institutional systems within MEHE to ensure sustainability. Activities under this Component will strengthen MEHE’s capacity to monitor education services, design, and oversee reform efforts effectively. QITABI’s implementation will include stakeholder analysis and policy mapping, compilation and analysis of data collected at the school-level, and sensitization of MEHE units and departments on evidence-based decision-making. All this will inform the development and strengthening of policies and guidelines to support reform toward a resilient education system in Lebanon.