Early grade reading programme starts in six districts

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, BHAKTAPUR
In the first phase, the programme has been launched in Bhaktapur, Kaski, Kanchanpur, Banke, Manang and Saptari

Feb 17, 2017-In a bid to enhance children’s learning skills, the government has launched a model programme in community schools in six districts. 

The programme—called early grade reading—has been launched in the first phase in Bhaktapur, Kaski, Kanchanpur, Banke, Manang and Saptari, said Bishnu Prasad Adhikari, deputy director of the Department of Education, at a programme at the DoE office in Bhaktapur.

As many as 129 community schools in Bhaktapur are currently running the programme. 

The programme emphasises on enhancing quality of curriculum of local language and learning techniques, Adhikari said. 

According to a preliminary report of a baseline survey carried out by the USAid which is funding the programme, learning capacity of 64 percent of grade two students and 81 percent of grade three students was very low. 

Bhakatpur District Education Officer Arjun Bahadur Rayamajhi said the community schools have seen a good number of students attracted to the programme. 

Launched under the USAid project, the five-year programme will be expanded to other 15 districts soon before taking it to community schools across the country, said Hit Kumari Gurung, programme facilitator.

 The USAid has funded $50.38 million for the project. 

Published: 17-02-2017 08:00

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