This online library provides access to formal interactive audio and radio instructional curricula that have been developed for use in specific countries around the world. During times when learners are out of a formal school setting, audio and radio materials serve as an important distance learning modality to mitigate learning losses. The library is a result of a partnership between USAID and the Global Digital Library, funded by NORAD. Country pages on EducationLinks will direct you to files stored on the Global Digital Library for easy downloading.

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WHY Use Audio and Radio Instruction

  • Most accessible in geographic reach/access and across age groups (especially for marginalized groups)
  • Tech requirements are low for users, usually no extra cost
  • Easy to facilitate after basic training

WHEN To Use Audio And Radio

  • Teaching lessons based on formal or non-formal curricula as the primary means of instruction (e.g., 30-minute interactive audio/radio programs that teach literacy, numeracy, civics, and lifeskills where there are no formal schools or when schools are closed)
  • Teaching lessons based on formal or non-formal curricula to complement (reinforce) learning (e.g., short audio programs that explain specific content like photosynthesis or how to register to vote)
  • Providing additional educational support to learners (e.g., phone-based or virtual tutoring)
  • Supplementing learning beyond a formal or non-formal curriculum (e.g., call-in programs discussing education topics, audiobooks, podcasts)

WHO Can Use Audio And Radio Instruction

While audio and radio instruction can be used by all learners and teachers across educational levels, they are particularly useful for young children, pre-literate learners, visually impaired learners, and non-dominant language speakers.

HOW To Use Audio And Radio Files In Practice

To access the files themselves, click the button at the top of the page which will give you a list of country pages where we have interactive audio and radio instruction files available from past programs. Each country page has a list of programs with links to file collections. Those collections will take you to a sub-site of the Global Digital Library, funded by NORAD, who is hosting all the individual files. You can directly download the files from that site.

Key References

Distance Learning Literature Review

Using IRI at Home

Blog: Delivering Distance Learning in Emergencies

View this video to see how radio instruction is being used to improve teacher practices in a USAID-funded program in Madagascar.