NEW MILESTONE FOR 112,000 STUDENTS: THEIR FIRST TEXTBOOK

More than 112,000 first grade students in Mozambique can hold in their hands something they’ve never had before— their own textbooks. For many of the early grade students, this is their first experience flipping through colorful pages and engaging in the magic of reading in their own mother tongue language. For Martin Mphinga, a driver who delivered textbooks from Malawi for the Let’s Read! (Vamos Ler! in Portuguese) bilingual education program, this is a dream come true. The five-year Let’s Read! early grade literacy program is working closely with the Ministry of Education and Human Development to improve reading and writing skills for more than 800,000 students in more than 2,800 schools. The Let’s Read! program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and implemented by Creative Associates International, in close partnership with World Education, Inc., Overseas Strategic Consulting, American Institutes for Research and blueTreeGroup.