Francis Sampa is the chief of party for the USAID Transforming Teacher Education Program in Zambia. He provides technical support to targeted universities and colleges of education to achieve measurable outcomes in improved teaching practices and student learning in literacy.
Sampa previously worked for the Zambia Ministry of General Education as the Principal Education Officer. He served as Reading Development Officer for the Primary Reading Program supported by DFID as well as Deputy Chief of Party for Creative Associates/USAID Read To Succeed and EDC/USAID QUESTT projects. Previously, Sampa worked with VVOB as an advisor for continuing professional development for colleges and with AED as a provincial advisor for USAID EQUIP2. He has been a guest lecturer for literacy at the University of Zambia, and he served as a secondary school teacher and senior inspector of schools. Sampa is highly knowledgeable about the Zambian education system with a special emphasis in teacher education and literacy. As a researcher, his work has contributed to building a strong foundation for reading in early grades through applied effective strategies for teaching and learning.
Sampa holds a Ph.D. from the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), an MBA in Education Management the from University of Leicester (UK), a BA in education from the University of Zambia, and a secondary teachers’ diploma from Nkrumah Teachers’ College.