Literacy Boost

UNICEF Winner
Literacy Boost works with students, teachers, and communities to encourage reading, improve reading instruction, and strengthen core reading skills. The program seeks to improve learning outcomes among students and out-of-school learners through assessments, teacher training, and community engagement.
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Year launched: 
2009
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CEI Plus Status

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Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Save the Children
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Literacy Boost works within communities to strengthen children's reading skills. The program functions alongside the national curriculum and local languages to improve learning outcomes for primary-aged children in and out of school. Literacy Boost focuses on developing 5 core reading skills: letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension. The program's three-pronged approach involves:

  1. Reading assessments - Literacy Boost tests children's basic reading skills and conducts school surveys to understand the needs of the population, track students' progress, and measure the impact of the program in comparison to non-participants. Literacy Boost also calculates a home literacy environment (HLE) index based on availability of reading materials and family literacy habits to determine the level of support and encouragement available to children at home.
     
  2. Teacher training - The program helps teachers more effectively implement the national curriculum and teach children to read through in-service training opportunities. Monthly workshops promote a peer-support model where teachers share best practices and learn to use classroom materials. The program also conducts classroom visits and provides one-on-one support for teachers.
     
  3. Community action - Literacy Boost actively promotes reading at the local and national levels. Within communities, weekly reading camps serve as extracurricular activities for students or out-of-school children to practice reading and allow those without access to a reading adult or older sibling at home a place to be read to and read with others. Book banks, or mini-libraries, contain more than 200 engaging books in the local language (either purchased or created by Save the Children) for children to borrow and continue reading at home. Literacy Boost also organizes specific activities and workshops for parents to teach them how to support their children, whether or not they can read. An online toolkit provides a simple guide for how both literate and illiterate parents can encourage reading on a daily basis. Save the Children additionally works to generate a national dialogue around the culture of reading and foster scale-up of similar programs through government cooperation.