Teaching at the Right Level

The provision of quality primary education is a challenge in Ivory Coast. 70% of children in rural areas have poor reading and math skills when they leave primary school.

Ivory Coast

Teachers often have to teach classes with a wide range of abilities, so many children fall behind. Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is an internationally recognized method that improves children’s reading and math skills. Extensive research conducted by J-Pal in partnership with Indian NGO and TaRL pioneer Pratham has confirmed the effectiveness of the approach.

TaRL uses a simple assessment tool to evaluate children’s abilities, and groups them according to their learning level. Children are then taught intensively for an hour a day in small groups of the same ability. Teachers are trained in this method. The project is part of a national initiative led by the Jacobs Foundation and the Ministry of Education to improve education in cocoa farming communities.

Duration 2018-2019

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Our contribution

CHF 125.000


  • Jacobs Foundation

    The Jacobs Foundation invests in the future of young people so that they become socially responsible and productive members of society.

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  • J-Pal

    The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center headquartered at MIT, that works to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

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