The USAID supported a pilot project known as the STEP program in three provinces in Madagascar: Toliara, Finarantsoa, and Tamatave for 2006 to 2008. STEP works with the Ministry of Education National and Scientific Research (MENRS) to build the capacity of its personnel to offer high-quality training and support to Madagascarís growing numbers of teachers and schools. MEN
is expanding the program nationally with technical assistance from EDC
. The project involves the nationwide broadcasting of radio programs intended to invigorate teaching and learning in Madagascar.
Activities focus on four distinct but linked domains: (1) strengthening in-service teacher training
, (2) increasing community support to local primary schools
, (3) strengthening local planning for teacher professional development
, and (4) supporting the introduction of English as a Second Language in primary schools.
STEP allows MENRS, USAID, and other partner NGOs to test and evaluate technology-based education support mechanisms that could add value on a nationwide scale as a means of maintaining educational quality and promoting a well-informed democracy.
The program used context-appropriate technology-interactive radio instruction, community radio programs, and digital applications as both the catalyst for action and the mechanism to build the capacity of MENRS personnel at central and decentralized levels.