To recognise organisations promoting the habit of reading skills among school going children, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), today, announced the three winners of the READ Alliance’s Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge 2014.
The awards took place during the ‘Read Connect 2015: Invest in Children’ event.
Speaking on the occasion, USAID/India Mission Director John A. Beed. Beed said that this initiative will help in the mission of enhancing reading skills of children. “If children are looked after right from a tender age, they are bound to be strong in their reading skills, which will help the society in a large way.
Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, CEO, CKS said, “I’m really proud of the winners this year, but this is just the beginning. We’re looking forward to some really breakthrough educational innovations and technologies coming out of the READ Alliance in the coming year.”
The Centre for Learning Resources, which supports improving language skills for 36000 children from tribal communities, was the first winner. Their programme uses bilingual-home and school languages-audio-visual materials; it requires less teacher input and aims at reaching even higher number of children in coming future. The second winner was Quality Education Support Trust, which aims at improving the language skills of 7000 children from tribal communities, and train them in Marathi. Karadi Path Education Company, which works on the English language skills of more than 30000 urban poor children from predominantly non-English speaking background, was the third winner.
The Read-Engage-Achieve-Dream (READ) is a $3.2 million initiative to help improve the reading skills of millions of primary school age children in India.