Dominica is among six countries in the region to receive assistance for a programme which aims to improve the reading achievement levels of all learners during the early primary grades.
The initiative, dubbed the OECS Early Learner’s Programme (ELP) will be implemented among Kindergarten to Grade 3 students and their teachers.
According to Education Officer for Measurement and Evaluation, Robert Guiste, the ELP is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“The OECS Commission has received funding from the USAID, and the purpose of that funding is to improve reading in six of our islands,” he said.
Other islands involved in the program are: St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.
Guiste revealed that data was recently collected from students, parents, and teachers for the ELP.
“In fact, over the past couple months, we had consultants come in to collect data from our students, parents and teachers,” he explained. “Last week, we had a set of teachers going around the island, conducting the pre-test in every one of our schools. The purpose of that pre-test is to collect data for the ELP.”
Teacher training was also listed as a major component of the ELP.
Over the longer term, the programme is expected to contribute to overall improvement in student learning at the end of the primary education cycle.