Providing Enough Instructional Time for Children to Learn to Read
Commencing in October 2015 with support from USAID, the five-year Northern Education Initiative Plus project (the Initiative) is strengthening the ability of Bauchi and Sokoto states to provide greater access to basic education - especially for girls and out-of-school-children - and to significantly improve reading outcomes for more than two million school-aged children and youth. In reaching these outcomes, the Initiative employs an evidenced-based and system-strengthening approach that recognizes the need for engagement at the policy level. Evidence from effective reading programs has lead to the 5Ts plus C framework for Early Grade Reading. The framework is a result of analyzing what works globally and helps education ministries, practitioners and development partners develop sound, evidenced-based policies, practices and programs. Reading supporting policies have to be in place in order to get consistent, sustained improvements in the delivery of the early reading program.