Strengthening Technical Capacity on The Continent TaRL Training In Angola and Somaliland

Government officials on a study visit in Zambia during school visits. 
Photo: VVOB Zambia

In the latter half of 2023, members of TaRL Africa’s central and country teams participated in several activities to build and strengthen the technical capacity of the TaRL approach across the continent. In particular, team members had the opportunity to interact and provide in-person support for TaRL training for stakeholders in new contexts such as Angola and Somaliland

Earlier in February, government delegations from multiple countries including Angola and Somaliland had visited Zambia to explore the Catch Up program, a government-led Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) initiative. The visit included observing TaRL in action in classrooms and learning from Zambia’s Ministry of Education and other stakeholders. Inspired by their learning journeys, the ministries of education for Angola and Somaliland collaborated closely with the UNICEF Country Offices and TaRL Africa team to co-design TaRL pilot programs for their respective countries. This process involved planning for school-level implementation, establishing efficient data collection and analysis procedures, and developing scalable training and mentoring models. 

In Angola,  the TaRL pilot is to be implemented in 65 schools, targeting grades 3 to 5 across 4 provinces. The TaRL Africa team conducted a five-day workshop focused on material development and monitoring, measurement and review (MMR) in October followed by a training of 65 Master Trainers in November. Similarly, in Somaliland, the TaRL Africa team facilitated a material development and MMR workshop in July, followed by a training of 12 Master Trainers in August. The TaRL pilot in Somaliland is set to be implemented in 65 schools across four districts, targeting grade 3 and 4 learners. The two governments of Somaliland and Angola have displayed a strong commitment to the interventions by setting up a task force in Somaliland and a secretariat in Angola, respectively. These efforts are aimed at effectively managing the pilots and promoting collaboration between the governments and education partners.

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