Guide on Early Childhood Education Quality Assurance Systems for Africa

This brief provides some considerations for developing a quality assurance system for ECE. It does not guide the exact design choices a country should make in developing its quality assurance system, as there is little evidence that one approach is better than another. As a next step for Together for Early Childhood Evidence and ADEA, we plan to canvass the region for examples of ECE quality assurance systems to share in subsequent publications.

Zambia's Primary Reading Program (PRP): Improving Access and Quality in Basic Schools

Zambia's Primary Reading Program (PRP) uses a variety of approaches to teaching literacy. These include "Zambian New Breakthrough to Literacy", which uses the seven local languages to teach initial literacy skills. Reading and writing tests conducted in 1999 before the program started and repeated in 2002 show encouraging results. Generally the reading levels of pupils in Grades 1 and 2 improved from 30 to 68.Children are able to read at two grades above their expected grades in local Zambian languages and at their appropriate grades in English.

What Works and What's New in Education: Africa Speaks!, Report from a Prospective, Stocktaking Review of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa, December 1999

The 1999 Biennial Meeting focused on lessons learned from successful African experiences. This report is the synthesis of case studies from 26 country teams and 7 ADEA Working Groups. The case studies are the outcome of an exercise referred to as the "Prospective, Stocktaking Review of Education in Africa", where ADEA asked all African Ministries of Education and ADEA Working Groups to identify initiatives that have been successful in addressing issues of access, quality, and capacity building.

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