Scaling a Successful Approach to Reach 7 Million Children
Tusome is expanding the proven elements of PRIMR across Kenya. Working through Kenya’s existing education system and personnel, it aims to go beyond PRIMR’s success to achieve even greater improvements in learning outcomes for some 7 million children in grades 1, 2, and 3 in more than 22,600 public schools, 5,027 private schools and 1,500 alternative basic education institutions in urban slums of Kenya.
Tusome focuses on four key interventions developed and proven under PRIMR to improve literacy outcomes:
- Enhancing teachers’ capacity to effectively deliver classroom instruction
- Improving schools’ access to appropriate books and other learning materials
- Enhancing instructional support and supervision
- Enhancing collaboration with other literacy actors.
To prepare for successful interventions at the national level, the Tusome team developed a wide range of partnerships with institutions across Kenya who are playing a role in implementation. The team conducted numerous workshops, trainings, and sensitization meetings that involved stakeholders from all of the country’s 47 counties. The program also included revising teaching and learning materials (print and digital), developing new training manuals, and preparing tablets with the Tangerine® mobile assessment tool for administering classroom observation.