A free electronic tool that quickly and accurately measures the reading progress of young children is now available for use by teachers in the developing world. An adaptation of USAID’s paper-based Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), eEGRA was created by EDC and runs in Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software.
“I can really see big, big changes because of this Whole School Reading Program.” So says Luvelia St. Bernardo, principal of the Cawit Elementary School in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The key to the EDC-operated program, which has shown powerful results in improving reading, is getting the whole school involved.
“I have never seen students in such a hurry for the sun to rise so they can go to school,” says Broulaye Sangar of the young participants of an EDC program working to improve schools in Yanfolila, Mali. The community is thrilled with the results of the program: Students are reading better, more girls are attending school, and there are fewer absences.
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $22 million over five years to assist the Ministry of Education in Rwanda in creating new national standards for literacy and numeracy. EDC will implement the Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative, to be known as L3, which also aims to improve education in grades 1 to 4.
EDC’s Norma Evans discusses her literacy and development work in Africa. “For children in resource-poor countries, literacy is social and economic capital. It allows them to participate more fully in society and to access better jobs.”
Shelley Pasnik of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology describes a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to create hand-held games for the Nintendo DSi to help struggling middle-school readers.
EDC and its partners distributed nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
EDC and its partners are distributing nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
Research by EDC and SRI International
finds that the literacy skills of preschoolers increased when classrooms
incorporated public TV programs, video, and games. The study was funded by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
EDC and SRI International have released a study of educational programming and activities from the PBS Ready to Learn initiative. The study found preschoolers’ literacy skills increased when classrooms incorporated video and games.
EDC has been awarded $2.2 million by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to evaluate the effectiveness of a writing curriculum for grades 3 through 12 called The Writers’ Express.