Using the School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs), Ghana Reads introduces educational content for students and teachers to address the lack of high quality reading materials
Grant Competition 2011
Reading Skill Targeted
Many schools in Ghana critically lack high quality reading material. Often the materials that are in schools are not aligned with the Ghanaian curriculum and are out of date. Words and short sentences may be written on the blackboard for children to sound aloud but the students themselves have little opportunity to read at their own pace.
The Big Idea
The Ghana Reads project installs and supports (through coaching) the use of School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs) that sit on Raspberry Pi, which provide text, audio and video content to schools. Content, some of which are in the mother tongue, included alphabet letters sound songs, oral passages and written passages, games focused on vocabulary building, comprehension passages with questions and answers and resources for teaching phonics and reading in general.
6,633 learners accessed the BeLLs resources in 20 schools including 307 new resources. While the midterm evaluation report noted that, among students who used BeLL, literacy skills increased 13% overall, with the largest gains made in subtasks of linking sounds to letters and identifying fictional words, the endline evaluation established that there was a 98% (n=88) MD improvement in overall performance between midterm and end-line phases.
Blogs and Media
- ACR GCD in the News // Joy 99.7 FM Online // July 18, 2014
Ayikai Doblo, Achiaman primary schools win education awareness program
- ACR GCD in the News // BizTechAfrica // May 26, 2014
Ghana introduces technology tools to improve literacy
- ACR GCD in the News // Open Learning Exchange Blog // February 20, 2014
All Children Reading Team From USA Visits Ghana
Research and Resources
Open Learning Exchange – Ghana / Kofi EssienOpen Learning Exchange shares their ACR GCD-funded innovation to launch and support 20 e-learning libraries in rural elementary schools in Ghana.
USAID the CatalogUSAID spotlights leading science and technology projects for solving global challenges related to education, health, water and others.
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Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra Region