University of Nairobi to document successes of Tusome Program

A team from the University of Nairobi will undertake a case study on the Tusome Program. Tusome (“Let’s Read” in Kiswahili) is a flagship literacy partnership between USAID and the Government of Kenya’s, Ministry of Education, which was implemented in 2014 as a national scale-up of the Primary Mathematics and Reading (PRIMR) initiative.

The Tusome Case Study will be undertaken by the University of Nairobi, after it was sub-contracted to support the Tusome data collection process in partnership with Purdue and Makerere Universities.


As part of the preparations for the data collection, the team is undergoing an enumerator training workshop which kicked off on Monday, June 3, 2019.


Speaking at the workshop, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Julius Ogeng’o highlighted the importance of the exercise.


“This program touches me because the pupils in primary school will one day be university students. The issue this project deals with was identified in 1963. Debates have revolved around children in middle primary school level and their inability to read. Therefore this project speaks to the foundation of academics. When the issue of reading is addressed, the quality of education and the learners produced improves” said Prof. Ogeng’o.


“The Tusome case study research is significant as it documents the successes of a program that the government is implementing with funding from USAID and, in essence, restoring donor confidence which had been eroded following scandals of misappropriation of funds in the famous KESSP project,” said Prof. Justus Inyega, the Director, Centre for Pedagogy and Andragogy (CEPA) and the Principal Investigator.


The team will collect data from schools in Mombasa, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet and Isiolo. Tusome case study research makes a significant contribution to the literacy research knowledge field for sub-Saharan Africa and developing economies. The case study provides an additional platform for dissemination of the results of Tusome at the Government of Kenya and USAID level in Nairobi and in Washington, DC.


“Previous research has shown that Tusome has improved literacy outcomes of early grade learners in all primary schools in Kenya. Tusome also contributed to teacher change in their reading instructional practices and the use of quality, culturally appropriate core and supplemental teaching and learning materials and resources. It makes sense, therefore, to capture a suite of factors associated with Tusome, which can be brought to scale or replicated elsewhere,” said Prof. Hellen Inyega, College of Education and External Studies.


The research activity builds the capacity of University of Nairobi to undertake collaborative research with partner institutions, namely, Makerere University, Purdue University, Catholic Relief Services and USAID, as part of South-South partnerships under the Long-Term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) Project currently in place between USAID/CDR and Purdue University with Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (PULSE) consortium members.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-12-28 (All day)