Reflections on developing country partner pre-Board constituency meetings by the Afghanistan focal point. The constituency meetings aim to strengthen the engagement of the developing country constituencies prior to the Board of Directors meetings. For the Board of Directors to function effectively, equitable engagement by all constituencies is essential.
Although many more children are now going to school, it’s estimated that 250 million children across the developing world are struggling to read even basic words – even after four years of school. Children who fail to read in the early years of school fall further behind every school year and are at higher risk of dropping out than children who master how to read and write early.
How can we efficiently connect teaching in their mother tongue to teaching in a second language later on? Teaching the foundational skills (early literacy and numeracy) and critical thinking in a language that the child speaks and understands is one of the most effective ways to reduce school failure and drop out in the early grades. And more importantly, these foundational skills significantly increase learning later on.