Worldreader

Improving literacy skills by providing e-readers filled with culture-specific digital books in both the Ghanaian language and English

Worldreader
A group of children read books on tablet devices.

Improving literacy skills by providing e-readers filled with culture-specific digital books in both the Ghanaian language and English


Project Name

iREAD2

Location Implemented

Ghana

Technology Used

Hardware

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Olinga Foundation for Human Development

The Challenge

A 2009 survey by the Ghana Ministry of Education found that 42.4% of Ghanaian Primary 3 students did not meet minimum competency standards in English reading, writing, and listening. Only 20.0% of students achieved proficiency in English, indicating that 4 out of 5 Ghanaian children cannot read and understand simple English texts by Primary 3.

The Big Idea

This project provided convenient, immediate access to 240 digital books in English (written by Ghanaian authors) and Twi content through e-reader technology.

Results

Students more than doubled their reading comprehension scores in both Twi and English. Students read 19 more words per minute (WPM) in Twi and 24 WPM more in English. Significant impact was detected among lower-performing students--students who could not read a single word in Twi decreased from 65.7% to 10.7%. By the end of third grade, 41% of students could read above a minimum proficiency level of 45 WPM in English. Additionally, students receiving digital books reported reading nearly three books a day.

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Website

https://www.worldreader.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

San Francisco, CA, USA

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