Ethiopia has made great improvements in the quality of and access to schooling over the past several years. These improvements address Early Grade Reading Assessment results from 2010 to 2014 which showed that younger students and their teachers could use additional support to increase literacy levels.

To address gaps in early grade reading education, the Ethiopia READ II project aims to improve the reading skills of 15 million children in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa, Tigray, and Amhara regions. This five-year project:

  • Provides teachers with new instructional approaches and materials in seven local languages and English
  • Builds a culture of reading in the school, home, and community
  • Strengthens the Ethiopian education system’s capacity to support and sustain literacy improvements
  • Provides cross-cutting capacity building and support for gender equity in education

EDC works on READ II with Creative Associates (the lead implementer), World Vision, and the International Rescue Committee, as well as in close collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education.

Key Activities

EDC’s implementation of READ II includes the following:

  • Lead activities to strengthen preservice teacher preparation for literacy teaching
  • Increase support for gender sensitivity in all levels of education by supporting gender clubs in schools, connecting students to positive role models, and addressing gender issues through social messaging
  • Use its interactive audio programs for community engagement on gender issues and English language support at the Colleges of Teacher Education


READ II will:

  • Initially roll out its enhanced model in 3,000 schools across 50 districts
  • Ultimately expand the basic model to reach a target of 15 million learners

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U.S. Agency for International Development

Creative Associates; International Rescue Committee; World Vision; and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education