The Child-to-Child Approach for School Readiness Programme in Ethiopia (hereafter the Child-to-Child School Readiness Programme or CtCSRP) was piloted by the Government of Ethiopia with support from UNICEF in 2008/09. The purpose of the Child-to-Child Approach for School Readiness Programme (CtCSRP) is to improve children’s school readiness through a child-centred, peer tutoring approach that engages older children (Young Facilitators) to conduct early learning activities with pre-school aged children in their home villages. By the end of the programme, children are expected to achieve basic pre-literacy and numeracy competencies that can support their successful transition into Grade 1.
UNICEF contracted the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto to conduct an independent evaluation to determine whether children who participated in the CtCSRP have better school readiness and early learning skills compared to children who have not participated in the programme. In addition, the evaluation investigated the programme benefits for Young Facilitators, families and teachers, and explored the process of programme implementation and issues related programme sustainability. The findings from this evaluation were intended to identify programme strengths and weaknesses that could be used to inform future decisions about improving quality or scaling up the programme.