The purpose of this Program Description is to obtain technical assistance and services proposals from qualified institutions for implementation of “Reading for Ethiopia‘s Achievement Developed (READ) Technical Assistance project" in Ethiopia.
Recipients should develop technical and financial descriptions for a five-year project that begins on or about May 2012 and ends no later than June 2017. This project will provide an innovative approach to supporting the Ethiopian Ministry of Education‘s (MOE‘s) efforts in developing a nationwide reading and writing program that will reach the vast majority of Ethiopian primary students. This project has a heavy focus on providing technical expertise in international best practices of teaching reading and writing; expertise that is to be applied to a variety of Ethiopian languages in order to develop syllabi, curricula and materials for both students and teachers. This project will provide direction, support, technical leadership and administrative support to the MOE at both national and local levels.
The READ Technical Assistance project will be led by USAID and performed in direct collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Regional State Education Bureaus (RSEBs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs), and Universities. The goal is to revise grades One through Eight syllabi and the corresponding Minimum Learning Competencies (MLCs) and to develop reading and writing curriculum and training materials for eight Ethiopian languages (Affan Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, Sidama, and two additional languages to be identified by the MOE and USAID) and English. The curricular materials will be designed to be appropriate for primary classrooms (Grades One through Eight), teacher training and the practice of effective methodologies and strategies of language teaching that are focused on helping students learn to read and write.
The development of these new materials will reflect a shift to a reading and writing curriculum and a move away from a traditional language curriculum – a shift that the MOE has initiated in response to recent studies and assessments. The MOE will provide appropriate experts in language development, curriculum and materials development and teacher training that will produce the materials needed with the support of READ‘s international reading experts to ensure that materials are focused on reading and writing. The Ethiopian MOE has initiated this revision process and is ready to begin the project with strong support from USAID‘s READ program.
Deadline: Mar. 30, 2012 (was Mar. 23, 2012)
Social Sciences; Curriculum Development; International Opportunities.
Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to provide approximately $45,000,000 in total funding for this program and expects to make one award as a result of this RFA. However, USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
Numerical value: No fixed limit
External Deadline: 3/30/2012