School-to-School is pleased to announce its partnership on the Selective Integrated Reading Activity in Mali
USAID supports the Government of Mali’s long-standing goal of improving learning outcomes in the early grades. In 2012, Mali experienced a coup d’état followed by extremist group takeovers in the north and a suspension of international aid. The situation put immense pressure on the country’s education system, with a flood of internally displaced persons arriving in the south, including primary school-aged children. Pre-existing low levels of early grade literacy acquisition were compounded by the country’s instability, threatening previous gains.
The Selective Integrated Reading Activity (SIRA) is a five-year, USAID-funded activity that aims to improve 1st and 2nd grade reading outcomes in the local Bamankan language in target regions of Mali. The activity will also reinforce and strengthen the capacity of the Government of Mali/Ministry of Education to select education delivery systems in a manner that fosters sustainability. STS will serve as a key partner in improving early grade reading data collection, analysis and reporting systems. We will collaborate closely with Malian government stakeholders to build capacity at centralized and decentralized levels to monitor learning gains and use this information for policy dialogue and decision-making.