Our goal is to contribute towards Improved numeracy and literacy for 140,000 girls and boys in grades 1-4 by 2025.

World Vision Zambia is dedicated to increasing children’s access to formal and non-formal education opportunities. We are ensuring children who attend school are learning and there is an increasing amount of engagement with parents, guardians, communities, and volunteers in children’s education. By 2023, we supported 1,173 schools across grades 1 to 4 with literacy books, classroom construction, ablution blocks, and capacity building for teachers. 

We are improving literacy among in-school and out-of-school children by working with teachers and communities through comprehensive reading activities. We are supporting the government's efforts to improve the level of literacy among grades 1 to 4 and contributing to the achievement of SDG 4 “Quality Education” which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities. The ZREAD programme is implementing the Learning Roots model which promotes holistic development of learners to ensure that they are ready for Grade 1; Teaching at the Right Level methodology in Northern and Muchinga Province; and the Unlock Literacy model which is comprised of three key components - Reading Assessment, Teacher Training and Community Action. 

World Vision Zambia promotes reading activities for in-school and out-of-school children through community Reading Camps in 23 districts in Zambia where community volunteers and parents hold literacy sessions for children in rural areas of the country. 

World Vision Zambia is also working to integrate local and contextual stories written in local languages. These have been shown to have a positive impact on children’s learning. To date, over 75,800 local stories have been produced. Our collaboration with the Ministry of General Education at all levels (District, Provincial, and Headquarters) has enhanced partnerships and makes our implementation of literacy interventions in schools possible.

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Achievements in 2022

  • We reached 139,333 learners and supported 1,173 schools with literacy interventions.

  • 18,843 parents and caregivers trained in Unlock Literacy.

  • 538 Early childhood development teachers trained in Learning Roots methodology.