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All Children Reading: Sourcing innovative solutions to improve child literacy

World Vision
27 April 2015 by Josh Zwar
All Children Reading: Sourcing innovative solutions to improve child literacy

All Children Reading grantees like Sesame Workshop Initiatives India are trialling innovative ways of boosting child literacy, including using multimedia content and low-cost technology to measure comprehension and fluency.

Development is complex. The communities World Vision works with face interconnected challenges like poor health, struggling education systems and inadequate access to markets. Finding solutions to these challenges requires the best solutions from the brightest minds.

All Children Reading – a partnership between World Vision, USAID and the Australian Government – challenges local and international organisations to come up with innovative solutions to address one of these issues: child literacy.

We know that people who can read enjoy better health, earn more money, create safer and more stable democracies, and serve their communities more effectively. That’s why “educated for life” is one of World Vision’s aspirations for every child’s wellbeing.

All Children Reading represents a new way of doing international development: by inviting problem-solvers to trial new solutions which are evaluated, and can then be scaled-up through NGOs, investors and businesses around the world. The All Children Reading partners seek-out promising ideas to put to the test through rounds of grants and prizes, attracting a diverse group of problem-solvers to tackle child literacy.

Over the last several years, All Children Reading has received hundreds of applications from over 75 countries and awarded 46 small grants to organisations piloting and bringing to scale innovations in children’s literacy.

These include PlanetRead in India – which provides same-language subtitles for popular films screened on TV, reinforcing literacy skills being taught in the classroom. Research has found that regular exposure to same-language subtitling more than doubles the number of functional readers among primary school children.

In Cambodia, World Education developed the first Khmer-language mobile learning app. The app is part of a suite of interventions aimed at students who are falling behind in their acquisition of basic reading skills. Over the course of the trial, the number of children scoring “poor” was reduced by 64 percent. All Children Reading enabled the testing of this innovation – which is now being scaled-up by World Vision to benefit thousands more schoolchildren across Cambodia.

This week, eleven All Children Reading innovators from the Asia-Pacific will present their innovations in Melbourne to an audience of development practitioners, investors, philanthropists, academics and businesspeople. We will celebrate their successes, and together work for a world where all children can read.

Read more about the innovations developed through All Children Reading here.

Josh Zwar Josh Zwar

Josh Zwar is a Policy Officer at World Vision Australia.


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