Engaging Families and Communities to Support Student Reading Skills Development
Lessons from Four All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Projects
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)—a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, and the Australian Government—is an ongoing series of competitions that leverage science and technology to source, test, and disseminate scalable solutions to improve the literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries.
Round 2 of ACR GCD supports technology-based innovations to improve early grade reading outcomes, with three focus areas, one of which is family and community engagement. In recognition of the critical role that families and communities can play in their children’s learning, and acknowledging that families and communities are often underutilized, four of the 12 ACR GCD Round 2 projects implemented focused on family and community engagement:
- Makhalidwe Athu (Our Way of Staying), implemented in Zambia
- Your Child, Reading, and You, implemented in Mali
- Mundo de Libros (World of Books), implemented in Mexico
- Play. Connect. Learn, implemented in India