Publication Date: September 30, 2019
Publication Location: WASHINGTON
Contact: Kathryn Schoenberger   |   kathryn.schoenberger@worldlearning.org

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded World Learning the $90 million Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement 2 (QITABI 2) project in Lebanon. The goal of QITABI 2 is to improve the reading, writing, and social and emotional learning skills of girls and boys in public primary schools throughout the country. The project aims to support more than 300,000 girls and boys, including Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon.

 “This is an incredible opportunity for the education sector in Lebanon,” said Dr. Wafa Kotob, World Learning’s chief of party for the project. “QITABI 2 has been designed to spearhead the country’s critically needed National Educational Reform and will help expand access to a high quality education for hundreds of thousands of children.”

QITABI 2 will be implemented across all eight governorates and is the culmination of USAID’s fifteen years of investment in Lebanon’s public education sector. As such, it will build upon the successes of previous programs, including the Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teacher Improvement 2 (D-RASATI 2) and QITABI 1 programs, both implemented by World Learning.  

D-RASATI 2 and QITABI 1 established a foundation of evidence-based educational interventions that show great promise with schools, teachers and students throughout Lebanon. QITABI 2 will improve these services and weave together best practices from the predecessor projects to improve reading, writing, and math outcomes at hundreds of schools across Lebanon.

In close coordination with the USAID mission in Lebanon, World Learning will continue to work closely with the Government of Lebanon to scale and sustain interventions by strengthening the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s overall institutional capacity. This will ensure that reading, writing, numeracy, and social and emotional learning gains are institutionalized, built-on, and sustained through targeted organizational capacity development and policy reforms. Ana Aqra, American Language Learning Center, International Rescue Committee, and Management Systems International are World Learning’s partners under QITABI 2.