All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Winners of Literacy Innovations Competition

Winning entries on display for public at February 6 Washington, D.C. event

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2015 – The All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) partners are pleased to announce 14 new grantees in 2015. Winners represent the most promising, creative and impactful solutions in literacy innovations and were chosen from a competitive process that elicited 213 proposals from 50 countries.

“More than 250 million children across the globe cannot read or write, representing a quiet crisis that is casting entire communities into a cycle of extreme poverty,” said USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. “Through All Children Reading, we are rallying a global community of innovators to develop groundbreaking solutions to illiteracy — and in doing so, giving the world’s most vulnerable children a chance to seize their potential.”

Over the next two years, ACR GCD will follow the innovators’ progress as they implement their new idea by addressing the following three focus areas of ACR GCD Round 2:

Mother tongue instruction and reading materials

Family and community engagement

  • ChildFund International – Afghanistan: Transmit radio messages and stories to families of struggling readers, using solar-charged mobile phones.
  • Oeuvre Malienne d’Aide à l’Enfance du Sahel – Mali: Use Stepping Stone, a low-cost mobile lesson creation tool, to determine how access to interactive digital audio and texts might enhance pre-reading and reading skills.
  • Qué Funciona para el Desarrollo A.C. – Mexico: Introduce MATCH, a book-leveling technology-based platform that provides children and their parents with a selection of Spanish-written books that are tailored to the child’s reading level and coincide with his/her topics of interest.
  • Sesame Workshop India Trust –India: Strengthen family and community engagement in promoting mother tongue reading skills among early primary grade children.

Children with disabilities

The public is invited to the USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 6 to meet the grantees and learn more about their innovations.

Friday, February 6, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building

1400 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development was established in 2011 as a partnership between USAID, World Vision and the Australian Government. The partnership is soliciting creative, cost-effective innovations to improve reading for children in early grades. Round 1 funded the testing of 32 early-grade literacy innovations working in 22 countries with a focus on teaching and learning materials and education data.

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