USAID Rwanda | Soma Umenye

September 2016 – September 2021

Soma Umenye (‘read and understand’) is a five-year USAID-funded activity, implemented by Chemonics International between 2016 and 2021, which aims to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for more than 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda. Covering all five provinces of Rwanda and working in close collaboration with the Rwanda Education Board and the Rwandan Ministry of Education, Soma Umenye is contributing to Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan and the government of Rwanda’s national development priority of ensuring that Rwandan primary-grade students acquire the fundamental competency of literacy so that they can succeed in future schooling and, later, in the workplace.

EdIntersect takes a leading role in administering a quality EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) study on relevant years of the project. This role involves working collaboratively with government counterparts and the Soma Umenye monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) team. EdIntersect leads the research process, whose steps include: designing the sampling frame, training data collectors, organizing EGRA and SSME (Snapshot of School Management Effectiveness) instrument adaptation workshops, piloting instruments and conducting pilot data analysis, analyzing and reporting on the EGRA and SSME data, and organizing a results dissemination process. This role includes the development of data collection systems using cost-effective applications of information and communications technologies (ICTs). EdIntersect has also provided technical assistance to enact the Local Education Monitoring Approach (LEMA) for assessing early grade reading outcomes, and for the development and testing of the classroom observation tool and selected reading tasks. EdIntersect has provided expertise in analyzing school monitoring data as requested by the Soma Umenye MERL team and teacher training team.