Pakistan Reading Project

Pakistan Reading Project

Country: Pakistan
Duration: June 2013 to June 2018
Funder: USAID
Partner: International Rescue Committee

In July of 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded World Learning, in partnership with a consortium of international and local partners led by the International Rescue Committee, $164.7 million to implement the Pakistan Reading Project, which aims to improve the reading skills of 1.3 million children in grades 1 and 2 across Pakistan over a period of seven years.  This goal is supported by the mutually-reinforcing components of teacher continuous professional development, systems and policy reform, and the engagement of communities to re-establish a culture of reading in the country.  

World Learning leads the implementation of all project activities in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), where we have made significant strides toward achieving the program’s ambitious targets.  World Learning is also responsible for the technical leadership of PRP’s scholarship activities, which includes administering 3,659 scholarships to Pakistani students studying to earn either 2-year Associate Degrees in Education (ADE) or 4-year Bachelor of Education (Honors) degrees in select Pakistani universities or Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs).  

In addition, World Learning will collaborate with 110 TTIs to strengthen reading and reading assessment training for pre-service teachers by facilitating the development of a reading curriculum for ADE and B.Ed. (Hons.) program, training pre-service teachers on the use of teaching and learning materials developed by PRP, and strengthening linkages between practicum schools and PRP intervention schools. PRP works closely with Ministry of Education officials, provincial governments, university faculty, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) to ensure all TTIs obtain accreditation of their teacher education programs and revised reading specialization curricula.  

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