After the success of EGRIC 2014, the READ Alliance has launched the second edition of Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge (EGRIC 2015) which aims to discover, develop, and scale early grade reading innovations, with the goal of contributing to the improvement of the reading skills of at least 1.5 lakh Indian primary school age children.
Through EGRIC 2015, READ Alliance will initiate a call to action for well-designed interventions targeting populations identified as high need and with a high potential for impact. The innovative entries must lead to positive reading outcomes for children at the school and district level, and/or address a combination of curricular and pedagogic change, teacher knowledge and support. The details on the 2015 Challenge’s focus areas, application process and timeline can be found in the Call for Proposals. A background paper for EGRIC 2015 has been published by the READ Alliance that highlights the systemic challenges in the Indian early reading scenario and also mentions opportunity areas for interventions.
Through the background paper, some of the key contextual and systemic factors that was highlighted by the READ Alliance which contributes to low reading attainment and impede positive reading outcomes for students are given below:
- Inadequate teacher training and insufficient teacher knowledge
- Unequal access to facilitative learning environments
- Unavailability of appropriate reading materials in schools
- Inadequate instruction time allotted to language teaching and reading practice in schools
- High primary school dropout rates
- High student to teacher ratio
- Inadequate attention to oral language development
Basis these key contributory factors, READ delineates the opportunity areas for reading intervention entry points into those that focus on ‘actors’ (students and teachers) and those that focus on ‘inputs’ (resources and materials).
Through EGRIC 2015, the READ Alliance seeks to identify well-designed projects which addresses the challenges mentioned above and contributes to the opportunity areas. The interventions should be built on innovative programming & delivery including one or more of the following:
- Creative approaches to student and teacher training and support
- Pedagogical innovations targeting teaching methodology, curriculum content, and systems of classroom or individual learning.
- Interventions using technologies like ICTs, mobiles and internet
- An intervention that involves stakeholders like parents, administrators, government officials, private sector using a novel approach
- Novel operational processes or organizational models
The last date for submission of LoIs have been extended to 18th October, 2015 till 11.59 p.m.