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We’re looking for innovators and partners for this challenge.

Launched in 2011 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Government, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is a series of competitions that leverages science and technology to source, test, and disseminate scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries.

Round 1 – (2011-2013)

Round 1, launched in November 2011, funded 32 early grade literacy innovators working in 22 countries with a focus on teaching and learning materials, and education data.

Round 2 – (2014-2018)

Launched in 2014, Round 2 has four components—grant competition, prize competitions, research and partnerships—and seeks technology-based innovations to improve early grade reading outcomes in developing countries, with three focus areas:

  1. Mother tongue instruction and reading materials: Promoting the creation and delivery of reading materials in languages children express and understand.
  2. Family and community engagement: Providing technologies, approaches and content to help families and communities in low-resource settings support early grade literacy.
  3. Children with disabilities: Enhancing early grade reading outcomes for learners with disabilities.

Round 2 has funded 12 grant competition innovators and an ongoing list of prize competition winners.

USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development

All Children Reading is one of USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development initiatives which is rooted in two fundamental beliefs about international development:

  1. Science and technology, when applied appropriately, can have transformational effects; and
  2. Engaging the world in the quest for solutions is critical to instigating breakthrough progress.


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