Steve Blunden

Steve’s career has largely focused on designing activities to enable systemic change in the delivery of education in East, West, and Southern Africa. Following twenty years as CEO of Link Community Development, establishing education programs in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia, Steve moved to Cambridge Education in 2014, leading their partnership with Chemonics…

Ablaye Niang

Ablaye Niang is a Senegalese senior education officer with 28 years of professional experience in the Senegalese education system. He specializes in supervising, training, and mentoring teachers as well as designing and developing of teaching and learning materials for early grade reading. Since 2010, he has participated in developing, managing, and implementing national reading programs,…

Sharon Haba

Sharon Haba is an education expert with over 20 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting, and leadership in academic, government, and international organizations. Since 2018, Ms. Haba has led the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Soma Umenye (Read and Know) project in Rwanda. Prior to this, Ms. Haba worked with the government…

Alaa Zaza

Alaa Zaza is an education and child protection specialist with 15 years of experience in inclusive education and school social work. Mr. Zaza has targeted experience in education in emergency, early childhood development, social emotional learning, psychosocial support, and peace- and conflict-sensitive education. Mr. Zaza led the development of early grade literacy and numeracy curricula…

Protogene Ndahayo

Protogene Ndahayo is an education specialist with 15 years of experience, including nearly 10 years supporting early grade reading instruction. His expertise includes early grade reading and writing instruction, language education, curriculum and instructional materials development, teacher professional development, school leadership, improvement planning, program implementation, and management. Currently, he is the early grade reading technical…

Rokhaya Niang

Rokhaya Niang is an expert in bilingual education. She is currently a program director on the Lecture Pour Tous project in Senegal, where she applies her diverse experience to provide institutional support to the Senegalese Ministry of Education to ensure the program’s sustainability. Previously, she has held other senior positions, such as the cabinet director…

Promoting Quality Education in Tajikistan

Tajikistan has free and compulsory basic education, with high enrollment and completion rates. However, the education system faces many challenges, including an insufficient budget, a lack of professional-development opportunities for teachers, and outdated curricula and educational materials. The USAID Learn Together Activity addresses these challenges by partnering with the government of Tajikistan and the private…

Tetyana Dudka

Tetyana Dudka is the senior vice president of Chemonics’ Europe and Eurasia regional business unit. She joined Chemonics in 2009 and brings more than 20 years of experience leading and supporting development programs in Europe and Eurasia, with a technical focus on market systems development, competitiveness enhancement, institutional reforms, public-private partnerships, investment and trade promotion,…

Testing an Approach to Distance Professional Development in Senegal

In July 2020, the USAID Lecture Pour Tous program supported Senegal’s Ministry of Education to pilot a distance learning approach to providing continuous professional development (CPD) to early grade reading educators. The pilot assessed the feasibility and applicability of self-guided distance professional development for teachers, coaches, and school inspectors, that could be used on a…

Lecture Pour Tous Early Grade Reading Assessment Midline Results

Senegal has made considerable efforts to improve its education system, which have led to some increases in primary school enrollment and strategies to improve quality. However, it still faces challenges in improving student performance. In response, the Ministère de l’Education nationale (MEN), or the Ministry of National Education, has made reading one of its priorities…