The creation of non-governmental primary schools in rural Guinea Bissau, providing four years of schooling (pre-primary through third grade) in lieu of government-provided or other existing schooling in the community. Teachers were recruited and trained to teach in the program schools, assisted at the start by a local adult who spoke the most prominent language in the village, and monitored through classroom observations. They focused on teaching Portuguese language acquisition in the pre-primary year, and the national curriculum in grades 1-3. Guinea Bissau is often considered a “failed state” in which public services, including government-provided schools, are frequently low quality and unreliable.
Arnold Ventures’ Evidence-Based Policy team continuously monitors and reviews the evaluation literature in international development, as we do in domestic U.S. social policy, to identify programs with credible RCT evidence of important effects on people’s lives. However, given our organization’s focus on U.S. social policy, we only provide “highlights” of our evidence reviews for most international development programs (as shown above), without the accompanying detailed PDF summaries that we provide for U.S. programs.