What interested you in the leadership role at All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)?
I like working on complex problems and finding ways to bring people together to solve them. Because of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge’s unrivaled platform enabling anyone with a great idea to address the critical global challenge of child illiteracy—and our firm commitment to creativity, innovation and partnerships—I believe there is no better place to focus my work.
Two years ago, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, Pearson, and Project Literacy saw a key opportunity to serve the literacy needs of a major segment of the global population: the estimated 19 million children who are blind or have low vision and millions more with disabilities that impact their use of printed materials.
In a small village in central India, 7-year-old Gouri sits beside her father, the light of a smartphone screen gently illuminating both of their faces. They smile and laugh as they share experiences once unknown to them: the opportunity to read stories and learn facts about animals, birds, and colors in their native language of Marathi.
With the seven-year-old Syrian conflict showing no signs of resolution, millions of affected children are at grave risk of becoming a “lost generation.” After long periods out-of-school during their formative years, many are facing a lifetime of significant societal challenges due to their lack of basic literacy skills, while also struggling with the long-term effects of trauma and chronic stress.
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.
The All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) partners – in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) – today announced a “Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings” challenge to source ideas for innovative, technology-supported approaches for children to maintain access to basic education despite disruptions experienced during crisis or conflict.