The Read to Succeed (RTS) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is being implemented by Creative Associates International in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education. Plan International is working in RTS to increase learning in reading, math and English in 1,234 government basic schools in six provinces. Taking a “whole school, whole teacher, whole child” approach, the project views schools as centers of learning, care and support. Read to Succeed addresses five key elements that influence school effectiveness: learning, teaching, management, parental/community participation, and responsiveness to children’s needs.
Given the project’s holistic approach to schools, teachers and students, Read to Succeed includes a strong focus on community, parental and government engagement to ensure the sustainability of project work. Plan International works with local NGOs, leading efforts to link communities with school effectiveness, learner performance, reading, girls’ education, support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and HIV/AIDS preventive activities. This means that Plan International:
- Assists districts to establish local partnerships between schools and the communities that help children remain in school and protect them from HIV/AIDS. These partnerships may involve School Management Committees, Parent-Teacher Associations, and Guidance and Counseling Committees.
- Develops and implements training on Learner Effectiveness Improvement Plans. Those trained include head teachers, community leaders and school-community groups that are committed to the welfare of students, including girls and OVC. With the support of local NGOs, Plan International creates materials and conducts training of trainers workshops for these different stakeholder groups.
- Supports and follows up with school communities on the implementation of school effectiveness improvement plans which support needy students and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS. An array of activities includes school feeding programs for OVC; life skills clubs; activities to combat sexual abuse in schools and pregnancy in young girls; drama troupes to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS; and mentorship or peer-educator programs.
- Sensitizes communities on the Ministry of Education’s re-entry policy for pregnant girls. This policy is to prevent the expulsion of pregnant girls and allow their return within a year of giving birth. Plan International supports the dissemination of the re-entry policy to provincial offices, districts, schools and colleges, and helps school principals take a leadership role in policy implementation.
- Project Start Date
- March 2012
- Project End Date
- March 2017
- Technical Areas Covered
- Education; School Improvement; Parent-Community Engagement