Save the Children Sri Lanka

Improving reading skills of children with special needs using by providing teaching and learning materials and assessment tools to teachers and resources and training for families

Save the Children Sri Lanka

Improving reading skills of children with special needs using by providing teaching and learning materials and assessment tools to teachers and resources and training for families


Project Name

Special Needs Action Pack (SNAP) for Struggling Readers

Location Implemented

Sri Lanka

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Reading Environment

Status

Winner

The Challenge

Children struggling with reading--children with learning disabilities, mild physical impairments, and those from homes with little or no culture of reading--risk being forgotten in efforts to raise learning achievement on a massive scale. Little is known about the special needs of primary students in developing countries or strategies to address them. Existing government and non-state agencies that focus on struggling learners do so with inadequate materials for assessment or to address learning needs.

The Big Idea

The Special Needs Action Pack (SNAP) for Struggling Readers project developed and piloted materials to implement simple, replicable strategies for identifying the causes and special needs of early grade children demonstrating difficulty learning to read. Additionally, it piloted a set of interventions to increase reading level attainment. It included a package of low-cost, easy-to-implement teaching and learning materials accompanied by training in their use for teachers, parents, and community members.

Results

The SNAP pack for struggling readers was distributed to teachers in 15 schools and implemented over two school years. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected to measure the success of the action pack and adjust its implementation accordingly.

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Website

http://srilanka.savethechildren.net/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Fairfield, CT, USA

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