IREAD USA (Institute for Rural Education And Development USA) partners with local community leaders and NGOs in rural Uganda and Northern Pakistan to unlock the potential of children aged 3 to 6 most impacted by poverty. IREAD builds early childhood development centres (to date: 14 in Uganda and 13 in Northern Pakistan), develops ECD curriculum, trains teachers, and supports communities to operate and manage their ECD centre. Our 2022 plans for Uganda include building a further four ECD centres and collaborating with the Faculty of Education at Makerere University in Kampala to build the IREAD ECD Teacher Training College. Our work in Pakistan for 2022 will focus on delivering a multi-year project through Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development that will train village women to teach ECD, and fit and furnish community spaces for classes.
Imagine your child starting elementary school never having seen a book. Studies show this puts children at a significant disadvantage during the most formative years of their lives.
IREAD gives these most vulnerable children the chance to grow and develop through play and activity-based learning and an early start at building a brighter future.