READ Alliance

Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge 2015


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The READ Alliance has launched the Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge 2015 (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, we initiate a call to action for well-designed interventions targeting populations identified as high need and with a high potential for impact.

Our research (to be released shortly) has identified some key contextual and systemic factors that contribute to low reading attainment and impede positive reading outcomes for students which 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, we delineate 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).

Innovative interventions should address a combination of curricular and pedagogic change (including materials and assessment methods); teacher knowledge and support; and/ or support at the school/district level. Through EGRIC 2015, we seek to identify well-designed projects 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

Download Call for Proposal.

Click here to view the background research paper for Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge 2015.


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About READ Alliance

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The READ Alliance is a program that aims to address the challenge of early grade reading and by developing and supporting interventions in early reading across the country, and helping them reach greater scale, impact and efficacy. Despite the immense amount of effort made by the Government of India, concerns remain about the quality of education that is being imparted. According to the most recent Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), only 52% of children in Grade 5 are able to read a second grade level text. Yet, the ability to read, and to read effectively is fundamental to unlocking a child’s full potential. By building an ecology of solutions designed to address different components of the grand challenge and varied contexts, we strive to reach out to a large number of children who face a varied set of challenges in reading.

We aim to achieve this goal by building a network of partners, all contributing to the cause of early reading, who come together on this platform to share resources in the form of knowledge, funds, ideas, and expertise from their respective fields. The coming together of partners from diverse backgrounds will help make the Alliance a space for collecting, sharing and discussing matters related to the issue of early grade reading. By building upon one another’s achievements, creating worthy innovations and experiences, we can build the momentum for overcoming this longstanding social challenge. Such partnerships are crucial as what we may not be able to achieve alone, we will surely be able to accomplish together.

The program developed is an initiative of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) based on the belief that innovation can be a way to finding viable, sustainable solutions to long standing social challenges.

To this end, our research identifies seven critical challenge areas, each of which must be addressed to achieve the goal of children reading with proficiency and comprehension. This analysis gives our research report its name, “Seven Steps to Reading.” A brief description of these seven crucial steps can be accessed here.


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