The new programme provides all primary schools in the country with access to Star Assessments, Accelerated Reader, and myON.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Jan. 16, 2020) – Renaissance®, the global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced a three-year partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Seychelles to improve student attainment for reading in English in all of the country’s primary schools. This expanded implementation follows a successful pilot in five schools last year.
During the pilot, the Ministry saw significant increases in reading amongst 500 primary school students. Utilising Renaissance’s award-winning Star Assessments, Accelerated Reader, and myON products, the programme will increase the availability of books written in English and give teachers the tools, resources, and support to embed and teach literacy across the curriculum.
By increasing access to high-quality, engaging texts, this programme is designed to improve the culture of reading, as reading for pleasure is associated with many additional benefits beyond academic achievement. As part of this partnership, Renaissance will provide in-country support and training throughout the duration of the programme to build local knowledge and confidence.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Seychelles Ministry of Education to improve literacy for their students,” said Chris Bauleke, the CEO of Renaissance. “The pilot we undertook in 2019 allowed us to demonstrate the value our solutions deliver, and we look forward to working with administrators, teachers, parents, and students to truly embed and foster a culture of reading across the Seychelles.”
The Seychelles Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Jeanne Simeon, added: “From planning the original pilot to committing to a full three-year project, we always had confidence that Renaissance had our—and our children’s—best interests at heart. Their ability to understand our needs and practically apply their knowledge and experience in our schools enabled us to gain maximum benefit from the reading programme during the successful pilot. The children of the Seychelles have specific needs in order to reach their full potential, but through the strong and trusted relationship we have built with Renaissance, we are confident that the wider objectives of the full project will be met.”
Renaissance is a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, serving educators and students in more than 90 countries worldwide. With solutions that assess learning, inform instruction, personalise practice, and increase equity and access, Renaissance helps educators, families, and communities fuel student growth so all learners can achieve their full potential. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com or www.renlearn.co.uk.
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