Education Innovations in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan Read with Me Project

Project Dates: October 2016 - September 2021
By creating a strong foundation in schools that reinforces the value of reading, Tajikistan aims to position young children for lifelong success.

Tajikistan’s long-term goal of nurturing a qualified workforce and national strategies for advancing education and development are shaping a vision for a modern education sector. The USAID Tajikistan Read with Me (RWM) project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) and its affiliates, will procure and develop age-appropriate supplementary reading materials for students in first through fourth grades. RWM and MoES will also train teachers and other educators in competency-based literacy standards. To develop innovative approaches to reading, RWM aims to build partnerships with the private sector, parent-teacher associations, and local organizations. In addition, the project strengthens the capacity of MoES to support early grade reading and invest in its development. RWM is building learning environments, such as inclusive and child-friendly classrooms, in which Tajikistan’s young learners will thrive. At the same time, RWM is supporting teachers through school-based training that will enable teachers to engage communities in cultivating a strong reading culture.

Project Goals


  • Develop age-appropriate reading materials in Tajik and Russian that support curricular goals
  • Support educators through teacher training sessions and training packages with supplementary reading materials
  • Coordinate partnerships to improve educational innovations that strengthen the country’s reading culture