The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) is inviting eligible local organizations to submit concept notes outlining innovative evidence-based approaches for a pilot community after-school reading program providing reading remediation to help primary school students, starting with learners in grade 3, increase their English fluency.
- Reduce learners’ reading skills gaps through community-based interventions: USAID anticipates collaborating with a local partner to co-create a program that provides evidence-based English (and potentially Kiswahili) reading practice outside of school hours to targeted primary school students.
- Build a culture of reading through community engagement: Learners from disadvantaged households often do not benefit from parental involvement in learning activities at home. Through Tusome, youth-led organizations sensitize families and community leaders on the importance of reading in and out of the classroom.
- Support community development through strengthening linkages between schools, communities, and homes to improve learning and student well-being: Community and family engagement in learning is vital for education attainment, mobilizing resources, and increasing accountability for results. Kenya has a strong record of community engagement, with active parent associations, school management committees, and civil society organizations.
- Must be local actors in Kenya. When determining if an entity is a “local actor” for the purposes of this APS, USAID will consider:
- Whether the entity is legally organized under the laws of Kenya;
- Whether the entity has its principal place of business or operations in Kenya;
- Whether the entity is majority owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of Kenya; and
- Whether the entity is managed by a governing body, the majority of whom are citizens or lawful permanent residents of Kenya.
- Cannot have received more than $ 5 million in direct funding from USAID in the past five years.
- Cannot be a US-based organization. US-based organizations are not eligible as prime awardees under this APS.
- Must have demonstrated expertise in early grade reading pedagogy in the Kenyan context.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336019