Posted on October 20, 2015 by
To celebrate World Literacy Day back in September, the USAID-funded Pakistan Sindh Reading Program (SRP) team visited one of its 734 targeted schools in Karachi, Pakistan, to read stories aloud to primary school children. Pictured above is Chief of Party Christopher Ashford with a student from the school. In the student's hands is SRP's message on World Literacy Day: "Read to Lead."
Reading is vitally important in Pakistan, according to Christopher, particularly in Sindh, where large percentages of the population do not have even basic reading and writing skills. Reinforcing positive reading habits is one of the many pillars of SRP, which aims to improve the reading skills of early learners in the Sindh Province. The program’s focus on reading instruction and grade-appropriate reading materials in Urdu and Sindhi reaches eight districts of Sindh, including five towns of Karachi.
Learn more about SRP's work on the project's website.
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world.
Andrew Johnson is a manager in Chemonics' Strategic Communications and Outreach Department.
Posted on October 7, 2015 by
With global youth unemployment on the rise in nearly every
region of the world, we as development practitioners are scrambling
to find and scale solutions that quickly improve the employment
outlook for youth. From a growing list of potential workforce
development and placement tools, online job matching platforms have
emerged as relatively simple and cost-effective solutions. The
concept behind them is straightforward: provide job seekers and
employers with platforms to find each other, and we...
Posted on September 25, 2015 by
Today, the United Nations
Sustainable Development Summit opens in New York. More than 150
world leaders are expected to gather there to adopt the proposed
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious document meant
to define the world’s development agenda for the next 15
With 17 goals and 169 individual targets, the SDGs are more
numerous and complex than their predecessor, the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000. But they are hugely
important, both individually and...
Posted on August 12, 2015 by
Our world has 1.8 billion young people — nearly one-quarter of
the world’s population, and the largest generation of youth in
Today, International Youth Day
, recognizes the prominent role
that youth have to play in achieving sustainable development. Yet,
too often, they are left on the sidelines. The theme of this year’s International Youth
Day is “youth civic engagement” — highlighting and encouraging
young people to participate politically, economically, and socially
Posted on July 30, 2015 by
By Kaitlyn Coogan and Jill Meeks
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at
the end of this year, the United Nations General Assembly will be
meeting in September to discuss the next phase of the MDGs. The
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a compilation of 17 goals and
169 targets, are set to replace the MDGs. This presents an
opportunity for the international community and brings us to a
critical juncture in the development world: Will the SDGs be too much too soon, or...
Posted on July 9, 2015 by
Recently, the USAID Sindh Reading Program (SRP), a project under
the Sindh Basic Education Program, shared the results of the early
grade reading assessments (EGRA) conducted in 2014 in Sindh with
education practitioners, donors, and government officials. The EGRA
is a tool that tests students on foundational aspects of reading
such as: phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency and
comprehension. Additional instruments included teacher interview
forms and a student questionnaire to...
Posted on May 19, 2015 by
It’s simple: All children have a right to quality education. At
the UNESCO World Education Forum
, which takes place
May 19-22 in Incheon, South Korea, world leaders are gathering to
discuss the path toward achieving education for all by 2030.
Education as a right, the value of inclusive education, the
lifelong impact of learning — all of these are key themes of the
Forum, as part of the push to determine an
that will align with the post-2015
sustainable development agenda.
Posted on March 17, 2015 by
Internet connectivity is to us what the internal combustion
engine, the printing press, or the compass were to previous
generations. It continues to revolutionize our world at an
astonishing rate. For the 75 million unemployed youth
between the ages of
15 and 24, it offers a means to prosperity and a better life
through provision of knowledge, networks, data, jobs, and much
more. As our communities and economies integrate and expand with
the knowledge economy, and the profound need
Posted on March 12, 2015 by
What difference can a simple software system make in changing
university student on-time graduation rates? In the case of
Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES) in Semarang, Indonesia, it led
to a 13 percent increase in on-time graduation.
UNNES is a university partner of USAID’s Higher Education
Leadership and Management (HELM), implemented by Chemonics. Since
2012, HELM has worked since 2012 with twenty-five higher education
institutions to use action research to address challenges unique to