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All Children Reading

All Children Reading (ACR): A Grand Challenge for Development presents an innovative new approach towards uncovering and sourcing better, faster, cheaper and more sustainable solutions to the challenge of global illiteracy. Launched in 2011 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision, the ACR Grand Challenge is an annual competition which seeks to leverage the transformative power of Science and Technology to develop scalable, low-cost solutions that improve literacy rates for all children in the developing world.

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All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development–All Children Reading (ACR): A Grand Challenge for Development presents an innovative new approach towards uncovering and sourcing better, faster, cheaper and more sustainable solutions to the challenge of global illiteracy. Launched in 2011 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision, the ACR Grand Challenge is an annual competition which seeks to leverage the transformative power of Science and Technology to develop scalable, low-cost solutions that improve literacy rates for all children in the developing world.

All Children Reading brings clarity and attention to the challenges that illiteracy poses; it articulates the fundamental barriers to long-term learning success in low-income communities and aims to uncover and launch the design and implementation of innovative solutions to address these issues.

What is a Grand Challenge for Development?
A Grand Challenge is about doing development differently. It is about focusing global attention on a specific problem – a problem that has not been solved with traditional approaches. With a Grand Challenge, we marshal new ideas, engage new actors and advance innovative solutions from around the world. The initiative focuses on solutions that are robust, cost-effective, scalable and are grounded in Science and Technology.

Each Grand Challenge for Development is defined by a problem statement, rather than specified solutions.

The Challenge- Create Groundbreaking Solutions to Improve Reading Outcomes

‘A Grand Challenge for Development’ seeks ground-breaking solutions that offer scalable and cost-effective innovations to address critical and unmet needs in developing world contexts around two key themes: Teaching and Learning Materials and Education Data.

Teaching and Learning Materials:
Teachers and students in developing countries typically have limited access to high-quality and appropriate teaching and learning materials.

Recent programs supporting the development of materials for schools, communities and homes are beginning to report positive impacts on student learning. However, the provision of textbooks in developing countries continues to be inadequate and supplemental reading materials are even harder to find.

A study in Ethiopia found that having a textbook boosted children’s oral reading fluency by 9.6 words per minute, and having other books at home boosted their fluency by 8.3 words per minute.

Education Data:
While there have been significant gains in improving access to primary education in the developing world, there is a growing need for reliable Education data to measure whether adequate learning is occurring in the classroom and to ensure that children are leaving school with the right skills and capabilities.

The importance of reliable data in ensuring adequate student learning has become increasingly visible over the past few years. The development of Annual Status of Education Reports and National and Community reading assessments have provided widespread awareness of student learning levels and stimulated efforts to improve reading. Education systems and supporters, including parents, communities and funders, must have critical and timely education data to make the right decisions to improve learning.

Initiative Africa believes that one day ALL CHILDREN will become readers and Education data will be a key part in making that vision a reality.

 

Who we are..

We work to reduce risks to vulnerable populations and to help communities, non-governmental organizations, and local authority provide services and protection for at-risk groups. For Initiative Africa vulnerable populations are defined as those groups of people who are typically excluded, disadvantaged or marginalized based on their economic, environmental, social, or cultural characteristics, specifically, children, youth and women.

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