A research conducted by the USAID has shown an improvement in reading culture among children in primary schools in Eastern Province.
Eastern Province Education Officer Lina Kamanga says 89 percent among grade two learners in 2012 improved by 39 percent in 2013.
Ms Kamanga said the improvement which was recorded in the lower grades of primary school was made in local language and English.
Ms Kamanga said this at the official handover of reading tools to Government in Eastern Province by the USAID.
She noted that reading is a vital skill which all learners must possess in order for one to perform well in all subjects across the curriculum and to find livelihood easy to cope with as literacy is the key in day to day lives.
And Provincial Education standards officer, Kondwani Nyirenda said the progress is being witnessed as a result of concerted joint efforts of the government, development partners and the private sector.
Mr. Nyirenda said the gesture by Invest Trust Bank, Maiden Publishing House and Finance Bank to support the improvement of literacy and learner achievement is in line with the government’s policy to improve education in the country and is highly appreciated.
Speaking earlier USAID /Read to Succeed Project (RTS) chief of party Dr.Tassew Zewdie noted that to improve reading skills learners need more time and a variety of relevant reading materials to practice reading hence the reading tools initiative.
Dr. Zewdie said the reading tools box is an initiative under the read to succeed project whose ultimate goal is to increase learner performance in early grade reading in government schools.
He said RTS works hand in hand with the Ministry of Education to improve teacher effectiveness, instruction leadership of head teachers and their deputies, school-based learner assessment practice and learner support and services in schools.
He noted that a total of 995 schools in the country are sponsored by the private sector to receive at least one of the reading materials amounting to K1, 253,700.
And Invest Trust Bank Plc Head of Public Sector and Non Profit Institutions Mr.Zefnant Sakala said the bank aims to improve the lives of the general citizenry.
Mr. Sakala said it was for this reason that his bank has made a contribution of USD20,000 towards the initiative.
He said the bank will endeavour to support quality education and initiatives aimed at improving access to education.