New UnrestrICTed Challenge Seeks Expressions of Interest to Co-Design Solutions for Children with Disabilities
The UnrestrICTed Challenge, managed by the All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) partnership, seeks expressions of interest from local and global solvers to scale ICT for education solutions that ensure children with disabilities benefit from language, literacy, and learning support grounded in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at home and at school. Solvers will participate in a collaborative process to co-create forward-thinking ICT for education solutions that demonstrate the highest potential to improve language and literacy for children with disabilities in low-resource contexts.
ACR GCD will prioritize submissions for the UnrestrICTed Challenge that focus on Nepal, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, and Rwanda. Other eligible contexts include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Malawi, and the Philippines. Solutions that have already been implemented in these contexts are preferred, but solvers may also propose solutions that were tested in similar contexts that can be successfully transitioned to scale.
The UnrestrICTed Challenge will progress through four stages, beginning with an expression of interest where solvers can register to contribute their scalable, evidence-based UDL solution that improves the language and literacy skills of children with disabilities. Technical or contextual experts—including local Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs), and other organizations of the eligible countries—are also encouraged to register to contribute their expertise to the co-design process during stage 2 of the challenge.
The co-design process will bring together selected solvers and technical and contextual experts for virtual workshops to develop concept papers detailing the context-specific approach, pathway to scale, and evaluation requirements. Concept papers will be judged by a committee at stage 3. Awards of up to $1 million will be issued to solvers with winning concept papers at the final stage of the competition.
The submission deadline is July 20, 2020.
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