UniversiTy of Notre-dame

Read Haiti


Read Haiti in the Central Plateau aims to improve literacy outcomes of 1st-3rd grade students (in phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension in Creole and French by the end of 3rd grade, and decrease the proportion of students unable to read and write by 3rd grade).

Main objectives :

1) provide quality reading and writing instructional materials in Creole and French (including reading and practice student books, aligned teacher guides, class libraries, student-created books),

2) increase effectiveness of instruction through the training of trainers,

3) provide community-based support to students though summer reading camps and peer tutoring programs, and

4) conduct a rigorous evaluation, using a randomized control trial.

Qualitative Outcomes

●      Surveys and interviews with students, teachers, parents, and school leaders:

○      Sustainability of materials, schools / parents willing to pay for reprinting

○      Perceived value of Creole and Creole literacy

○      Perceived school quality and value of literacy program

○      Sustainability of support mechanisms and potential of school-based support to play a greater role

●      Surveys and interviews on reading camps and peer tutoring (students, volunteers, parents, school leaders)

○      Perceived effectiveness

○      Civic engagement

○      Sustainability

●      Surveys and interviews with leaders of partner networks:

○      Perceived quality of program

○      Lessons learned

○      Improving systems and norms of collaboration 

Quantitative Outcomes

●      Improve writing skills and reading skills (phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension) in Creole and French by the end of 3rd grade as measured by EGRA. Ultimately, reading comprehension in both languages must be the goal of mature readers for continued success in school and improved life outcomes. This will also measure the efficacy of the program in both languages for its full duration (1st – 3rd grade).

The project addresses the lack of Creole language reading materials in target schools in a number of ways, including the provision of Creole reading and writing books, teacher guides, class libraries, and works with schools to develop a sustainability plan for the care and replacement of these materials. 

In order to address the need for sustainability of the project, a number of mechanisms are put in place and explored.

Though books will be provided to schools at no cost by the grant, in an effort to avoid creating a dependency, parents will be asked to pay schools the same amount they would pay for subsidized books. This revenue will be used by schools to purchase additional books for school libraries.

Additionally, the partners will seek to reduce material costs through joint procurement and by exploring cost-reduction with the refinement of the materials.

Finally, the project is an opportunity to explore the potential of public private partnerships through a collaborative, multi-network-based delivery mechanism, and to understand the challenges and benefits of such an approach.

Main partners for the project include: Haiti’s Ministry of Education, The Kellogg Foundation, USAID, Porticus Foundation, IDB, CRS, CEEC.

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