TaRL Africa Team

A joint venture by Pratham and J-PAL, the TaRL Africa team supports partners working to address the learning crisis in primary schools in Africa through the evidence-based TaRL approach.

This new joint team consists of a central team that provides high-leverage support to governments and partners across the continent trying to scale the approach in their own settings and in-country support teams in Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia, where we are working comprehensively with governments and partners on their TaRL approaches.

The team works to:

Embed TaRL in government systems

The team directly supports governments and their partners to develop TaRL approaches adapted to local contexts and embed these within existing education systems.

How the TaRL Africa team supports governments

1. Generate awareness and share evidence

  • Present learning outcomes data from local contexts that identifies key gaps in basic skills
  • Host workshops on results from TaRL evaluations

2. Build capacity and transfer knowledge

  • Train local actors on best practices for adapting and implementing TaRL
  • Support government monitoring strategies by helping to design tools, develop data management systems, train staff, and create data review and response mechanisms at multiple levels of government

3. Co-design contextually appropriate TaRL models

  • Co-design tools, methods and teaching-learning content with local partners, including government officials and teachers
  • Co-design TaRL implementation models
  • Co-design mentoring and monitoring strategies

4. Test, reflect, refine and continually improve the approach

  • Co-design pilot projects to test logistics; assist governments in analysing the results
  • Co-design systems for ongoing review and reflection

5. Provide operational support

  • Build and track financial models to create a clear understanding of budget requirements and options for managing costs over time
  • Assist with planning, communications, and logistics

Support nimble TaRL innovators

Several non-governmental organisations are currently designing, implementing, or supporting TaRL approaches in Africa. The TaRL Africa team works with many of these organisations to disseminate evidence, provide technical assistance, and share their lessons back to a broader TaRL community.

Build a movement

Across Africa, the education community has recognised a need for bolstering foundational reading and mathematics skills. The TaRL Africa team aims to connect and grow leaders of practice who can innovate, learn, and demonstrate effective TaRL approaches, and build a movement across Africa to help children solidify foundational reading and mathematics skills.

Learn and improve

By working simultaneously with a portfolio of partners across many settings, the team has the unique opportunity to learn about how to effectively improve children’s learning outcomes at scale.

Together with our partners, we are exploring key questions:
  1. How can TaRL approaches be adjusted to better fit specific contexts across the continent?
  2. What can the TaRL approach teach us about how to best improve learning outcomes for children?
  3. How can methods of supporting governments be improved to implement TaRL cost-effectively at scale?
  4. How might technology be leveraged to ensure quality and reduce costs?

The team hopes that our work across multiple settings will help deepen our understanding of what works (and what does not) and will build the foundation for the continued improvement of learning outcomes for all children.

The Team

Pratham and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) created the TaRL Africa team after 15 years of close collaboration on evidence-based approaches to education policy and practice.