Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative


Rwanda has set its sights on becoming the information and communications technology hub of central Africa. A boom in infrastructure development is paving the way for this ambitious goal. Now, the country needs to modernize its education system to produce the talent that this new technology-heavy economy will demand.

EDC’s USAID-funded Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative (L3) is a critical partner in the effort to usher in reforms across the education spectrum. Working with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education, L3 is improving student achievement in reading and mathematics, engaging communities in supporting literacy, and increasing access to appropriate teaching and learning materials.

Key Activities

With the goal of reaching 1.5 million learners and 30,000 teachers by 2017, L3 is undertaking the following activities:

  • Develop and implement new national literacy and mathematics standards
  • Develop curricular materials (based on EDC’s Read Right Now! literacy program) that support literacy and mathematics learning in Kinyarwanda and English in grades 1 to 4
  • Use interactive audio instruction to deliver high-quality education to all schools in Rwanda
  • Improve teacher preparation and in-service performance
  • Support the capacity development of the Ministry of Education and Rwanda Education Board in assessment, materials development, and literacy oversight
  • Improve equity in educational materials and delivery for girls, students with disabilities, and remote communities
  • Work with Rwandan communities to equip libraries, recruit literacy volunteers, and build support for reading


  • Reached more than 22,400 teachers through pre-service, in-service, and intensive coaching programs
  • Distributed over 9 million teaching and learning materials to schools
  • Supporting interactive literacy instruction in all 2,400 Rwandan schools

Learn More

Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative
U.S. Agency for International Development

Concern Worldwide, The International Education Exchange, Ministry of Education, VSO, Never Again Rwanda