All Children Reading Round 2 Innovators Brochure


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Innovators Advancing Child Literacy

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ALL CHILDREN ARE READING Around the world, nearly 58 million children are failing to learn because they are not in school.1 But access is only part of the problem. Poor quality of education hampers learning even for those in school. One-third of primary school-age children are not learning the basics, whether they have been to school or not.2 That means that of the world’s 650 million primary school age children, at least 250 million children today have not learned the basics in reading and mathematics.3 © W O R L D V I S I O N / K H A I N G M I N H TO O @ReadingGCD | 3


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©WORLD VISION/STEVE REYNOLDS WHY FOCUS ON ALL CHILDREN READING? Literacy unlocks human potential and is the cornerstone of development. It leads to improved health, better education, greater employment opportunities, and safer and more stable societies. Children who do not develop reading skills during early grade education are likely on a lifetime trajectory of limited educational progress and economic opportunities. Early grade reading competency is critical for continued retention and success in future grades.


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With so many children’s lives and learning at stake, and progress lagging, it seems clear that non-traditional approaches are needed to increase reading outcomes—and future opportunities—for children.  Hence, the urgency and need for a Grand Challenge—to ensure our world has All Children Reading. All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, with your involvement, seeks to improve children’s reading in the early grades so they can succeed in school and have more opportunities as adults. © W O R L D V I S I O N /J O N WA R R E N MORE GOOD REASONS TO INVEST IN CHILD LITERACY Literacy not only affects the child, but the whole country as the educational achievement of a country’s population is directly correlated with its economic growth rate. ■ UNESCO reports that an increase in the average educational attainment of a country’s population by one year increases annual per capita GDP growth from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.4 ■ Globally, one year of school increases earnings by 10 percent, on average.5 ■ If all women completed primary education, there would be 66 percent fewer maternal deaths.6 ■ If all children in low-income countries left school knowing how to read then 171 million people could move out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 percent cut in world poverty.7 @ReadingGCD | 5


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A QUEST FOR SOLUTIONS © W O R L D V I S I O N / G A RY D O W D In 2011, USAID launched its Grand Challenge for Development model to engage innovators across many disciplines, locations and areas of expertise, increasing the odds of finding and accelerating revolutionary, cost-efficient advances to solve important global problems, including child literacy. The Grand Challenge for Development initiative is rooted in two fundamental beliefs about international development: Science and technology, when applied appropriately, can have transformational effects Engaging the world in the quest for solutions is critical to instigating breakthrough progress 6 |


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A G R A N D C H A L L E N G E F O R D E V E LO P M E N T All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, a partnership between USAID, World Vision and the Australian Government, leverages science and technology to create and apply scalable solutions to improve children’s early grade reading in developing countries. Round 1, launched in 2011 funded 32 early grade literacy innovators working in 22 countries with a focus on teaching and learning materials and education data. Round 2, launched in 2014, seeks innovative technology-based solutions to improve early grade reading in developing countries focusing on three areas: 1. Mother tongue instruction and reading materials: Promoting the creation and delivery of reading materials in languages children express and understand 2. Family and community engagement: Providing technologies, approaches, and content to help families and communities in low-resource settings support early grade literacy 3. Children with disabilities: Enhancing early grade reading outcomes for learners with disabilities. ALL CHILDREN READING: UNESCO states that most children with disabilities in developing countries are not attending school, and there is “no inclusion of those with physical, emotional or learning disabilities within the education system.”8 Fifty percent of the world’s out-of-school children live in communities where the language of instruction in school is rarely, if ever, used at home.9 An analysis of data from 22 developing countries and 160 language groups revealed that children who had access to instruction in their mother tongue were significantly more likely to be enrolled and attending school, while a lack of education in a first language was a significant reason for children dropping out.10 @ReadingGCD | 7


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Sourcing technology-based solutions through innovative grants, prizes, partnerships, and research to improve child literacy. I N N O VAT I O N I S R E C I P R O C A L Literacy is a global challenge. Through All Children Reading, innovators and communities around the world work interdependently to develop and test solutions to advance child literacy. P R I VAT E C O M PA N I E S & S TA R T U P S UNIVERSITIES, RESEARCH & INVENTORS FA I T H C O M M U N I T I E S & LEADERS SCHOOLS & TEACHERS AREAS OF FOCUS 1 CHALLENGE OPPO Mother tongue instruction and reading materials Family and community engagement Children with disabilities 2 3 Grants Spur and foster technology-based innovations to address gaps and barriers that perpetuate low literacy levels. 8 |


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WA N T E D : I N N O VAT O R S , S O LV E R S & PA R T N E R S It takes a variety of stakeholders to solve global challenges. All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Partners (USAID, World Vision and the Australian Government) invite the engagement of companies, non-profits, and individuals to improve child literacy. YOU! HERS LIBRARIES GOVERNMENTS NGOS FA M I L I E S & COMMUNITIES ORTUNITIES RESEARCH Prizes Solicit the development of specific products, approaches, or applications that complement grant innovations and fill voids in addressing child literacy. Through rigorous, independent research, we seek to identify and analyze the e ects of technology on literacy rates to optimize the allocation of resources, inform decisions, and enhance solutions. @ReadingGCD | 9


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GRANT AND PRIZE COMPETITIONS Multiple grant and prize competitions are available throughout Round 2 of All Children Reading. The grant competition was designed to spur and foster technology-based innovations to address gaps and barriers that perpetuate low literacy levels. Prize competitions solicit the development of specific products, approaches, or applications that complement grant innovations and fill gaps in addressing child literacy. Fourteen winners, representing the most promising, creative, and impactful solutions were selected from a competitive process that elicited 213 proposals from 50 countries. All Children Reading has launched the following prize competitions and more are anticipated. ■ ENABLING WRITERS A $100,000 prize competition to spur the development of software solutions that allow authors to easily create and export texts in mother tongue languages. ■ GLOBAL READING MATERIALS REPOSITORY The exploration of an early grade reading materials “repository” to up/download and print materials to improve access, particularly to local language reading materials, for early grade school children in developing countries. We encourage you to read and share our Global Reading Materials Repository Ideation Meeting Report, available on our website, with other networks or existing repositories that may help move this idea forward. ■ MOBILES FOR READING The challenge for this category of the Big Ideas@Berkeley competition is to develop novel mobile technology-based innovations to enhance reading scores for early grade children in developing countries. ■ TRACKING AND TRACING BOOKS A global competition seeking an easy-to-use technology to enable stakeholders to know which books are being provided to students, have the ability to track books in transit and trace them to their classroom destination. ■ TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT EDUCATION IN CRISIS AND CONFLICT SETTINGS A challenge to source ideas for innovative, technology-supported approaches for children to maintain access to basic education despite disruptions experienced during crisis or conflict. ■ DIGITAL LITERACY TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY EARLY GRADE READING EFFORTS Exploring the linkages of ICT skills training and the strengthening of community literacy efforts. ■ EDU APP 4 SYRIA The development of a mobile learning and well-being tool to increase literacy rates and psychosocial wellbeing for Syrian children ages 4-10. Visit, or sign up for our eNewsletter, to hear of new prize competition announcements! @ReadingGCD | 11


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GRANT COMPETITIONS L I T E R A C Y I N N OVAT O R S AT W O R K F J 9 12 I 32 14 K 18 19 20 30 ROUND 1 (2012-2014) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Across Radio Africa Educational Trust American Institutes for Research The Asia Foundation Center for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations ComTech University of Nairobi Drakkar, Ltd. Eco-Development Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti Education Development Center, Inc. FHI 360 Friends of Matènwa, Inc. Georgia State University Human Network International Initiative Africa Lubuto Library Project, Inc. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy Olinga Foundation for Human Development Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Ghana Perkins International PlanetRead PRAGYA Pratham Education Foundation Save the Children Malawi Save the Children Sri Lanka Sesame Workshop Initiatives India Step by Step Benevolent Foundation Urban Plant Mobile Whiz Kids Workshop Worldreader World Education, Inc. YMCA Senegal 13 17 12 |


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N 5 27 D H 3 21 22 23 14 1 15 29 28 7 14 11 24 14 16 A E C 6 4 26 2 B M 25 31 G 10 L 8 ROUND 2 (2015-2017) A B C D E F G H I J K L M N Agora Center Benetech Catholic Relief Services ChildFund International Creative Associates Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat Kampuchean Action For Primary Education Little Thinking Minds Oeuvre Malienne d’Aide à l’Enfance du Sahel Qué Funciona para el Desarrollo, A.C. Réseau d’Acteurs pour le Renouveau de l’Education Resources for the Blind, Inc. Sesame Workshop Initiative India Pvt. Ltd. Studio ADC @ReadingGCD | 13


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PA R T N E R S H I P O P P O R T U N I T I E S Interested in sourcing and accelerating the work of these and other literacy innovators? We welcome your partnership! A key component of the Grand Challenges for Development model is that only through concerted action can we hope to find solutions to the largest, solvable problems that are holding back progress for individuals and communities in developing countries. To improve literacy for children in developing countries, we invite the partnership of companies, universities, foundations, individuals and others. Partners may engage through financial, technical and human resource commitments or by scaling proven literacy and technology-based approaches. Forms of partnership include, but are not limited to: ■ Sponsorship of a prize competition ■ Providing technical sector expertise (monitoring & evaluation, education, literacy, ICT), including participation on review panels ■ Funding the scale-up of Round 1 or Round 2 grantees ■ Contributing to a technology evaluation fund ■ Dedicating resources to the testing and piloting of specific technologies/solutions in new environments ■ Offering or sharing promotion, advertising and/or media opportunities ■ Workplace giving Opportunities exist for branding and representation on select communications to recognize your engagement. JOIN US! To discuss partnership opportunities that align with your business or development goals, please contact us: @ReadingGCD | 15



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