Improving learning outcomes for girls


USAID had a bold ambition to increase girls’ access to primary and preparatory education, and improve literacy and learning rates in Egyptian public schools. In order to do so, CID Consulting worked as part of a consortium led by RTI to implement the Girls Improved Learning Outcomes (GILO) project.

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Over the course of three years, we worked hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Education to expand girls’ access to quality education, raise instructional quality, improve school management and broadening community participation in education. We worked on institutionalizing literacy functions within the Ministry of Education, supporting in the establishment of a dedicated unit housed within the Ministry that would lead this portfolio. We then built the capacity of this unit to identify curricular gaps, design and implement curriculum accordingly, and utilize literacy assessment tools.


In total we identified and trained 9,000 teachers and 2,500 supervisors within targeted communities on effective learning methodologies, as well as 900 principals, deputies and administrators in the fundamentals of school leadership and administration across seven governorates. In parallel with our training, we piloted unique and cutting-edge literacy tools, such as the Early Grade Reading Assessment, which had a direct, positive impact on the students themselves.


We are where we are today due to CID’s dedication to the task at hand, their professionalism in handling it, sincerity in addressing our concerns, encouragement when we needed some and generosity always. The journey is still long, but we have taken the first step and we hope we can always count on your support.

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Olfat Mansour
Board Member, Al Nour Wal Amal Association

I would like to seize this opportunity to thank CID Consulting for all their hard work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown situation and all the constraints we are all going through, as well as for their patience in processing the assignment.We now hope there will be a strong commitment from the key decision-makers to implement the recommendations of the report through the project and look forward to a successful operationalization of these recommendations.

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Dahlia Lotayef
Lead Environmental Specialist Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice Middle