Project profile — Reading CODE - 2012-2016


CODE - Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011140)
2012-04-30 - 2016-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ghana (23.00%)
• Mali (27.00%)
• Ethiopia (27.00%)
• Tanzania (23.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (61.98%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (38.02%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


Reading CODE is a literacy project combining access to quality reading materials with educators who have the skills to use these materials effectively. Through its partners in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Mali, CODE aims to increase the skills of teachers and librarians in more than 1,000 schools and libraries, sourcing and supplying books, and to improve the learning possibilities of 485,000 children. Reading CODE also connects national publishing industries and education networks to create a sustainable culture of literacy as a means of securing the future of all children and youth, and as a pillar of social development and economic prosperity.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: Improved reading and writing performance for girls and boys in project classrooms and community libraries; Enhanced gender-sensitive literate environment in project schools and communities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2016) include: (1) international literacy experts facilitateding the training of 138 trainers (of which 66 women) in preparation for teacher training; (2) supported the local publishing of materials for schools and libraries, which included the facilitation of publishing relevant and appropriate reading materials by training 137 writers and illustrators (of which 44 women); (3) trained 1,742 teachers (of which 797 women) and 793 librarians (of which 383 women) supporting literacy and the practice of reading and writing; and (4) promoted the distribution of quality reading materials (1,065,239 books) to support literacy promotion. Overall, these results worked toward achieving the ultimate goal of the project, have improved children’s and youth’s learning outcomes in underserved communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Other technical assistance
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