Education is the best investment one can make in their future. The education of a person becomes their greatest resource, and in this country, a generation has spent thousands and thousands of dollars per student investing in this limitless resource.
Given the global importance of education, it makes sense then that, as people helping other people in the world, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently partnered with Senegal’s Ministry of Education to improve students’ reading and writing skills. Senegal and USAID are investing in students through a three-year project that will cost 18 million USD. The Project is called “The Partnership to Improve Elementary Reading and Math” and partners for it include the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education, and donors from France, Canada and Japan.
Through further qualifying math and writing instructors in primary schools, creating an infrastructural system to monitor student progress, and empowering the Ministry of Education to enact change where it is necessary, the project will create thousands of self-empowered students who can use these skills to achieve more in life, whether that be through further education or entrepreneurship.
“Reading and mathematics are powerful tools for learning and cognitive development,” said Henderson Patrick, USAID Mission Director in Senegal. Investing in primary schools will therefore have a great impact on helping these students develop the kinds of problem solving and critical thinking skills that are valued by employers across the globe.
The project is a reflection of USAID’s Forward campaign. The Forward initiative was launched in 2010, focusing on three goals: “building local sustainability and partnerships; fostering innovation; and strengthening the agency’s capacity to deliver results,” reports allAfrica.
– Nina Narang