Established in October 2008, the Russia Education Aid for Development Trust Fund (READ Trust Fund) is a collaboration of the Government of the Russian Federation and the World Bank. The program focuses on improving education quality and learning outcomes in low-income countries through the design, implementation, and use of robust systems for student assessment.
READ Trust Fund has provided support for assessment activities at both the global and country levels. At the global level, the focus has been on generating and sharing new knowledge and good practices in the form of training, tools, and publications. At the country level, the program has provided tailored support for assessment reforms and activities in eight target countries – Angola, Armenia, Ethiopia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
The 4th READ Global Conference took place from May 12-16 in St. Petersburg, Russia and focused on the theme of "Measuring for Success". In addition to keynotes and panel discussions by international experts, the conference also presented an important opportunity to showcase the impressive successes of the READ program at the country and global levels over the past five years. Each READ country team led a session at the conference to highlight their country’s results and successes under the READ program. In addition, countries had the opportunity to showcase their products and activities through the READ expo event that took place over the course of the first three days of the conference. Following the main conference proceedings, there were visits to four educational sites in St. Petersburg and two technical training workshops for the READ country teams. In total, 122 participants from 19 countries attended this year’s READ Global Conference. They included representatives from the eight READ countries; global technical experts in the areas of education, assessment, and learning; World Bank and other donor and international agency staff; and government officials.
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