Researchers at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University have undertaken a study of literacy in the African nation of Rwanda. The study, undertaken in cooperation with the government of Rwanda and Save the Children takes an unprecedented look at home, school, and community attitudes around reading, writing and language in rural Rwanda.
Elliott Friedlander, a doctorate student in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford and the leader of the study, stated that “Rwanda has in fact come a long way in recent years in improving literacy. We want to understand what efforts are working best to help strengthen them and expand their reach.”
The researchers have finished the first phase of what is a planned five-year project. This has involved assessing the state of literacy in rural Rwanda. Over the next few years, the researchers will assess interventions aimed at improving literacy to determine what is most effective.
The study called, “Literacy Boost in Rwanda: A Randomized Control Trial,” is funded by Comic Relief, a charity based in the United Kingdom.
Below is a video of Eliott Friedlander discussing the research.