Pakistan Reading Project
An international consortium, including Institute of Rural Management (IRM) as the only national partner, is implementing a five-year long USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project (PRP). The main objectives of the project are:
- To improve the quality of reading in public and private schools
- Supporting at least 2.5 million additional primary school students to read at a level commensurate with standards at their grade level
- Creating a culture of reading across all the provinces and areas of Pakistan
- Improve reading instruction and assessment for 44,000 teachers in 38,000 public and private schools.
- 150 Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs) offer the 2-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and 4-year Bachelor of Education (Honors) degree (B.Ed.) programs
- Over 4,500 scholarships are awarded to teachers seeking their B.Ed./ADE and pre-service faculty seeking higher education.
- Support the provincial education departments in Pakistan to develop and roll out systems for assessing teacher and student performance in reading and for human resource management of teachers.
- Establish 300 community libraries and 6 mobile libraries, as well as comic book, television, and radio campaigns to support reading at the community level
Project intends to develop the skills of government and private education experts and improve systems and structures for reading education so that 94,000 teachers from 38,000 public and private schools have improved reading instruction and assessment skills.