My love of reading helped make me who I am, and it energizes my work today seeking to improve literacy for children around the world. From 2015 to 2016, I helped lead a team at Results for Development (R4D), working with donors, multilateral organizations and other stakeholders, to tackle a key barrier to children’s literacy: namely that books, particularly in mother tongue languages and at the right level, are not easily assessable to children in many countries.
Over the past two years, the Center for Education Innovations worked with UNICEF to identify five innovative programs and provide critical support to them for strengthening and scaling up their models. At the same time, we documented their journey, including challenges confronted and conditions that helped lead to success. Insights gained from each program’s journey were synthesized and they have yielded concrete recommendations for implementers (program managers), donors, policymakers and researchers to support innovation. These findings will be shared in the #JourneysToScale report launching on Monday, 10 October.