All Children Reading
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development
All Children Reading (ACR): A Grand Challenge for Development presents an innovative new approach towards uncovering and sourcing better, faster, cheaper and more sustainable solutions to the challenge of global illiteracy. Launched in 2011 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision, the ACR Grand Challenge is an annual competition which seeks to leverage the transformative power of science and technology to develop scalable, low-cost solutions that improve literacy rates for all children in the developing world.
The ACR brings clarity and attention to the challenges that illiteracy poses; articulates the fundamental barriers to long-term learning success in low-income communities; and aims to uncover and launch the design and implementation of innovative solutions to address these issues.
There are two pillars within the ACR Grand Challenge:
• The All Children Reading program is a multi-donor grant-making mechanism to support innovative projects that improve early grade reading outcomes. This program will catalyze innovative practices and target applied research for teaching and learning materials and education data that have the potential to be brought to national scale and across multiple contexts.
• The Mobiles for Reading working group is a convening mechanism intended to promote dialogue and knowledge sharing focused on the use of mobile technology and mobile applications for reading. Mobiles for Reading will engage a variety of donors, international organizations, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.