Project to improve learner performance in 80 schools introduced

A Catch Up pilot project to improve learner performance in 80 schools has been introduced in Eastern and Southern Provinces.

The project is the first of its kind in Zambia and it has targeted twenty schools in the selected districts.

The project which is being funded by Jamail Poverty Action Lab J-PAL, Education for All VVOP in Belgian Flemish and United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF has selected Chipata and Katete districts in Eastern province and Pemba and Monze districts in Southern Province.

This was disclosed at a closure of a four day workshop organized by Ministry of Education with the help of J-PAL, VVOP and UNICEF.

During the four day workshop, 60 teachers drawn from four Zones in Chipata district were trained in new teaching technics and methodologies at the right level.

J-PAL Senior Policy Associate resident in Zambia Ben Simuyandi who was with other senior officials from the Ministry of Education headquarters in Lusaka says the project will be for one month after which upon recommendation will spread to other provinces in Zambia.

Mr. Simuyandi says during its infancy, teachers will be monitored on weekly bases adding that after two weeks of monitoring a meeting will be convened involving senior teachers, PTA chairpersons, zonal Insert coordinators and district resource coordinators to discuss the challenges and the way forward.

He says this meeting will recommend to the project coordinators on the outcome of the first phase of Catch up Project and a way forward.

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