Global Book Alliance: ADEA and USAID spearhead in Nigeria the Training of Trainers Workshop on Bloom Publishing Software

Under the ongoing Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)/ Global Book Alliance (GBA),partnership supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ADEA’s Working Group on Books and Learning Materials (WGBLM) has rolled out the first in series of several training opportunities for African writers in local languages, popularly referred to as the “Enabling Writers: Bloom Software Training of Trainers Workshops”. The first workshop for Anglophone writers will be held in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria from 17th– 20th April 2018. The second Training of Trainers for Francophone writers will instead take place in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 21stto 24th May 2018. The Global Book Alliance aims to transform book development, procurement and distribution, especially in Africa and Asia, to ensure that children everywhere have the essential books and learning materials produced in languages children use and understand, including braille and sign languages. Studies, including a Feasibility Study conducted by Results for Development (R4D) and International Education Partners (IEP) and funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and USAID in 2015-16, have shown that children do not have reading materials in languages they speak and understand, which facilitate early reading acquisition. USAID and partners have developed an ambitious program to address the scarcity of titles in African languages, improve the efficiency of procurement and financing and strengthen supply chain management systems.