DOT-COM Activity: Zambia - Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) for Out of School Youth
Short Description: This activity provides an alternative, interactive basic education program for orphans and out-of-school children, developing both the communications infrastructure and the technical capacity for the Government of Zambia to implement such a program.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Completed
Start date: February 07, 2003 End Date: September 30, 2004
Person(s) to contact
Michael Laflin , Vice President
General Manager, EDC Washington , Education Development Center Email: Tel: +1 202 572-3755
Full Description: This project began as a 20-week pilot project in 2000 that tested the demand for an alternative, interactive basic education program for orphans and out-of-school children, and developed the communications infrastructure and technical capacity to implement such a program. The Zambia Interactive Radio Instruction Program for Out of School and Vulnerable Children, a dot EDU Leader Award, aimed to provide an educational intervention to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Zambia by developing a community based system of radio learning centers utilizing interactive radio instruction methods to reach out of school youth including orphans and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. The program trained community mentors to facilitate daily instructional lessons in the areas of basic skill areas of literacy and numeracy as well as life skills education relative to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. EDC provided technical assistance to the Zambian Ministry of Education in the design, development and evaluation of instructional programs for the primary grades. With the pilot successfully completed, an expansion was granted in 2001 to amplify and clarify the strategy for IRI.
Update 1 (as of June 2004):
The IRI program in Zambia, the "Taonga Market" is now broadcasting grade 5 core curriculum material in learning centers and community schools. Some of the first findings from an evaluation conducted at the end of 2003 (but released in the current quarter) reports that Zambia's IRI program for children who are not in conventional schools had a total of 591 organized learning centers in 2003 spread over all nine provinces, and estimate an additional 160 centers in 2004. The demand for IRI is high as total enrollment for dot-EDU activities in Zambia has increased from 9,250 learners in 2001 to 22,773 learners in 2003. Additional statistics on girls enrollment are pending.
Update 2 (July-Sept. 2004):
In Zambia, the final report on M&E has been compiled. Grades 2 and 3 script editing was completed for term 3 and final compilation of information for final reports and project closedown were completed. In addition, a new associate award was received to continue dot-EDU work in Zambia. The new award will focus on the uses of multiple technologies to support education there.
Development Sector(s): Basic Education
ICT Intervention(s): Interactive Radio Instruction, Radio DOT-COMments eNewsletter Articles:
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.