World Vision Zambia for the literacy boost


What we want to do:

We want to see all children in Zambia given the opportunity to receive a quality education that will give them the skills they need to follow their dreams and support themselves and their families in the future. We are working towards this by:

  • Increasing children’s access to formal and non-formal education opportunities
  • Ensuring children who attend school are learning
  • Increasing the amount of engagement of parents, guardians, communities and volunteers in children’s education.
What is the problem?

Although Zambia has made significant progress in improving access to primary education, the percentage of children who are illiterate remains high. Based on the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) among grade 2 students in 2015, 65% of Zambian school children scored zero, indicating that they could not read any of the words provided. Similarly, in the most recent study of 2018, the World Development report found that only 55% of grade 2 children in Zambia could not read a single word of a text.

How is World Vision addressing the issues?

To support government to improve the level of literacy among grade 1-4, World Vision in Zambia has been promoting reading activities for in-school and out-of-school children through community reading spaces in 23 districts in Zambia where community volunteers and parents hold literacy sessions for children in rural areas of the country.

Our teams are also working to integrate local and contextual stories written in local languages. These have shown to have a positive impact on children’s learning. Our collaboration with the Ministry of General Education at all levels (District, Provincial and Headquarters) has enhanced partnerships and makes our implementation of literacy interventions in schools possible.

Is what World Vision doing working?

Yes! Between 2017 and 2018, World Vision in Zambia procured over 180,000 books and distributed them to reading camps and schools in seven provinces across the country. During the same period, 358 reading camps were formed and 4,338 community members were equipped with skills to facilitate community-based literacy programmes. At the same time, 1,064 teachers were also trained in phonemic awareness.

What's the impact? 

Through these interventions, there has been improvement in effective teaching practices.

  • To date, World Vision has trained a total of 2,388 teachers in our 40 programs across Zambia in effective ways of teaching literacy.
  • A follow-up evaluation of the teachers trained during the fiscal year 2019 revealed that 77% of them retained and applied the training in their classrooms.
  • As of Oct. 31, 2019, 7,438 parents and guardians received training that equipped them to take and active and critical role in supporting their children’s education.
  • As a result of engagement with parents and guardians, more than 75,800 local stories have been produced and are providing a more rich selection of reading materials.