Lamek Odero

Lamek Odero and Leah Adhiambo – Reading For Success

Date grant awarded: August 6, 2019

Across Kenya, literacy rates in primary schools are significantly lower than expected despite increased access and enrollment. The Kenyan education system is seeking to improve learning outcomes by installing better instructional practices, expanding resources for teacher training, and developing learning materials that support multilingual literacy. Reading For Success address this challenge by working with volunteers to provide extra-literacy classes to struggling early grade readers in under-resourced public schools in Kisumu County. It is a long-term project that provides students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

The project works in partnership school teachers and engages volunteer reading tutors to work one-on-one with students in grades 1 through 4 to complement what is going on in the classroom and help these students increase their reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span in English and Kiswahili. The objective of the project is that by the end of six months, the students will have at least doubled their reading speed and will have improved their reading skills by one to two grade levels.