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Improving literacy of children through support from community networks

This project will help improve literacy instruction and reading supports in primary schools in Ghana, Honduras, and Nicaragua by adapting and scaling the Unlock Literacy Learning Network approach, which has been successfully piloted in over 30 countries. The approach addresses the ways children in grades 1-3 learn to read, and how teachers, parents, and communities can help, regardless of their literacy level. It also helps communities build a culture of reading in school, at home, and in the community. The model incorporates reading assessments, teacher training, community action, and teaching and learning materials.

A consortium of institutions will implement the project: World Vision Canada, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the School of Education and Leadership of the University of Ghana, and the Foro Social de la Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras.

Through collaborative action research, the consortium will work with teachers, reading camp facilitators, school administrators, ministry of education personnel, community members, and parents to adapt the Unlock Literacy approach within local learning systems. Technical experts will help to develop all research tools, resources, methods, and approaches for cultural appropriateness, language, gender-responsiveness, and inclusion.

The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange selected this project from a global call for projects on scaling proven innovative approaches in education in developing contexts.

Project ID
Project Status
30 months
IDRC Officer
Margarita Lopez
Total Funding
CA$ 2,700,000.00
Education and Science
Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Program
Institution Country
Project Leader
Miguel Moreno
World Vision Canada - Vision Mondiale Canada