“It is high time for us to address the problems of our schools. We are collectively responsible, and we all wish for change,” says M. Modibo Sidibé, Mali’s prime minister.
In response to this call to action, the U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $30 million to reach 80 percent of Mali’s primary schools over five years.
Program staff will develop systems for teacher management and professional development as well as create a rich variety of classroom resources, including Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programs for children in all grades. The program, called “Road to Reading,” will also address underserved populations that include rural children, students in Islamic schools, and those with special needs.
EDC’s partners include RTI International; the Institute for Popular Education (IEP); Aide et Action, a French NGO; and the Center for Support for Research and Training (CAREF).
Originally published on October 23, 2008