Children who learn to read in the early grades are better prepared to absorb more advanced skills and content that rely on reading. IMPAQ is evaluating a school canteen and lunch meal program that includes support activities for a new reading instruction method to improve the reading abilities of primary students. The World Food Program and AVSI Foundation are partnering with the government of Ivory Coast to implement this program.
We are using a nonexperimental design to assess the effectiveness of the program to increase the reading skills necessary to advance students’ educations. We are also working with local partners to improve their ability to administer early grade reading assessments and provide feedback to parents, teachers, school principals, and other local education stakeholders.
Our team includes senior researchers, analysts, and local implementing and data collection partners with decades of experience in mixed methods research, and survey design and sampling, as well as global health and education domain experience.
AVSI - Ivory Coast. (2016). Integrated Support for Sustainable School Canteens and Early Grade Reading in Ivory Coast (2016-2020). Ivory Coast: Gulemetova, M., Dessein, M.L. & Safarha, E.