System enabling education officials to track book delivery throughout the system and enables parents, teachers, and local officials to receive an up-to-date information status of books.
Communications Technology, Hardware
Tracking & Tracing Books Prize
Reading Skill Targeted
Foundational, Pre-Reading, Reading, Reading Environment
World Education, Inc., Lifeline Nepal, Grameen Foundation and VOTO mobile
While textbooks are critical to enhancing the quality of learning, the provision of teaching and learning materials in developing countries is complex. Books are often lost at various stages of the delivery process—from the point of entry for imported textbooks, to central warehouses for nationally produced materials, to transportation across difficult or insecure routes, or even during final distribution to regional offices and classrooms. This only exacerbates the lack of textbooks and reading materials.
The Big Idea
JSI partnered with World Education, Inc. (WEI) to develop a system that combines functionality from three existing software applications. With the use of simple barcodes, it supported the tracking and tracing of textbooks by education officials throughout the system and enabled parents, teachers, and local officials to receive up-to-date information on the status of books and materials.
This pilot project is now being adapted in Cambodia by World Education with funding from the World Bank's Reach for Reading Program.
Track & Trace Learning Materials
Global Reading Network's collection of resources for expanding book tracking initiatives, based on ACR GCD-funded initiatives by John Snow, Inc., and Community Systems Foundation.
Blogs and Media
Research and Resources
Logistics Management Information SystemA solution for tracking the delivery of books to schools using SMS and interactive voice recordings, smartphones for reading barcodes, and a web interface for data management.
Alpha Test ReportOverview of alpha field testing of software applications funded by ACR GCD's Tracking and Tracing Books prize competition to support the delivery of textbooks to schools in rural Malawi.
Tracking & Tracking Books software – Alpha Field Test (Malawi)ACR GCD shares alpha field testing of software applications funded by the Tracking and Tracing Books prize competition to support the delivery of textbooks to schools in rural Malawi.
Track & Trace Learning MaterialsGlobal Reading Network's collection of resources for expanding book tracking initiatives, based on ACR GCD-funded initiatives by John Snow, Inc., and Community Systems Foundation.
ACR GCD – Tracking & Tracing Books Info SheetA brief overview of ACR GCD's Tracking & Tracing Books prize competition that sourced innovations to track books destined for classrooms and learning centers in developing countries.
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