Having recognized that successful early reading education programs contribute to future student success both in and out of the classroom, the Obama Administration intends to execute a new program to build upon those successes.
And it intends to carry out that task in the African nation of Mozambique.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which will carry out this endeavor with private sector assistance, late last week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from vendors capable of launching such an initiative. The Early Grade Reading Assessment Plus Quality Instruction and Management (EGRA+QIM) Project, as it is known, "will be one of several mechanisms for implementing the USAID/Mozambique Basic Education Program for the 2012 to 2017 period," according to the 139-page RFP.
Support will be provided through:
expert training and coaching support, and institutional development at the provincial, district, teacher training institute, and school cluster levels.
The Contractor will focus on the following areas: a) Improved in-service teacher training and coaching in reading instruction; and, b) Strengthened school management. The Contractor will seek to inspire political leadership, train and mentor education sector personnel in Mozambique to significantly advance reading outcomes in the early grades of public primary school education. The Contractor is required to ensure the cost-effectiveness of interventions and develop the capacity of local education institutions in reading assessment and instruction.
Bids are due March 2. USAID did not disclose the estimated cost of the initiative.
Source document: Solicitation #SOL-656--12-000001.