USAID donates 2,000 tablets to Improve children’s reading skills at public schools

This donation is under USAID Read Project,

Implemented by UNIBE University in 600 public schools 

Santo Domingo, D.N. Within the celebration of International Literacy Day, United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, donated 2,000 tablets to public schools participating in USAID’s Read Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education. These devices pursue the incorporation of technology into the classroom to strengthen the teaching and learning process.

UNIBE’s Rector Dr. Julio Amado Castaños Guzmán, as well as university authorities and Ministry of Education representatives participated in the event.

USAIDs Read Project main objective is to improve the reading and writing skills of primary school students, by supporting teachers in the implementation of the Dominican curriculum and encouraging learning environments suitable for the development of language competencies.

The donated devices will have educational software and recreational activities that will help students develop and practice the skills that are acquired in the process of learning to read and write. In this same manner, the technological applications selected and created under Project Read will allow mentors to register information in a fast and simple way and monitor student progress.

About Project Read

Read is being implemented in 600 public schools, with more than 200,000 students in grades 1st thru 6th. In addition to improving the reading and writing abilities of the students, it is training and mentoring more than 5,000 teachers, 200 counselors, 16,000 families, and 200 parent organizations. It is a five year project, and it began implementation in school year 2015-2016. It is being implemented in eight different education regions: 04-San Cristóbal, 06-La Vega, 08-Santiago, 09-Mao, 11Puerto Plata, 16- Cotuí and Santo Domingo 10 and 15, covering 41 educational districts.