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Rwanda has set its sights on becoming the information and communications technology hub of central Africa. A boom in infrastructure development is paving the way for this ambitious goal. The country has been working to update its education system to produce the talent that this new technology-heavy economy will demand.

The Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative (2011-2017), a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), was an instrumental partner in Rwanda’s national efforts to usher in reforms across the education spectrum. Working with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), L3 improved student achievement in reading and mathematics, engaged communities in supporting literacy, and increased access to appropriate teaching and learning materials.

Key Activities

Key Activities

With the goal of reaching 1.5 million learners and 30,000 teachers by 2017, L3 undertook the following activities:

L3 worked in schools, teacher training colleges and communities throughout Rwanda.

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As of January 2017


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L3 made significant contributions over the life of its program, including:

The L3 initiative also carried out periodic assessments to gauge the impact of L3 interventions over the life of the project. Results of the final Endline Assessment carried out in 2016 are available here: L3 National Fluency and Mathematics Assessment of Rwandan Schools Endline Report - January 2017.

For more information about the L3’s impact, please see the following:

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For additional information about the L3 Initiative, or other EDC programs, visit www.edc.org or contact Kent Noel, Project Director at knoel@edc.org