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Share your research to inform the design of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development's upcoming Foundational Literacy Challenge! 

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development seeks research on the effectiveness of EdTech (high and low tech) in low resource contexts for improving foundations for language and literacy skills of children in the pre-primary age group starting (age 3 and up). We are particularly interested in EdTech solutions that support pre-primary children who are out of school due to emergency closures (e.g. COVID-19 or other emergencies). Organizations with EdTech solutions that have evidence of impact on language and literacy in low-resource settings for the target groups may be invited to compete in the Challenge. 

Our target groups include:

  • Pre-primary children; children aged 3 and up, including the most marginalized (girls, children with disabilities, ethnic and linguistic minorities, etc).
  • Parents/caregivers of pre-primary children who are educating children due to school closures. 
  • Pre-primary teachers who are supporting children's education at-home during school closures. 

ACR's priority countries  include the following, but research may be submitted from any low resource context: Malawi, Zambia, Somalia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands. 

At minimum, upload or provide links to formal research, program evaluations, early lessons-learned documents, and other written work focused on analyzing the effectiveness of any EdTech solution that was either employed or expanded to improve language and literacy for pre-primary aged children. 

If you don't have research published, please provide a description of the EdTech solutions in the text boxes and share any lessons learned from implementation - what worked well, did not work as expected, offered unexpected challenges or opportunities, etc. 


DEADLINE:  All research submissions are due no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Files and/or text will only be accepted through this platform. Please follow the instructions in the submission form. 

NEXT STEPS: ACR GCD will use this research to inform the design of our upcoming  challenge. Responses may be used by ACR GCD without restriction or limitation, therefore proprietary information should not be sent. This RFI is issued for the purpose of offering the opportunity for interested organizations and individuals to provide more information about EdTech solutions that are effective and have potential to scale. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.