Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! Members of School-to-School International’s staff have traveled to dozens of countries in Asia and Africa for work, but this trip marks the first time we have visited Australia professionally.
We’re thrilled to be here for the two-day Digital Innovation for Child Literacy Summit and Showcase. Today, STS president and co-founder Dr. Mark Lynd gave a master class presentation titled “Measuring Impact of Innovative Programs.” Mark shared his expertise about how people can determine how much of a difference their programs are making in people’s lives.
USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Agency for International Development organized the conference as part of their partnership on All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD). In 2011, the three organizations launched ACR GCD, which funds innovative, low-cost ideas to improve children’s reading skills.
The conference has brought together a host of people dedicated to using science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to expand promising literacy efforts to a greater number of children. Participants include development professionals, government officials, academic researchers, investors striving to make a difference, and people from the worlds of business and innovation. Some of the latest recipients of ACR GCD grants are also attending.
It has been so worthwhile to meet such a diverse group of people devoted to cost-effective literacy efforts across the globe, especially the latest ACR GCD grantees. STS is excited to have the opportunity to provide technical assistance to all 14 Round 2 ACR grantees in the next two years. We will return to countries where we have worked before — including Cambodia, Mali, and Zambia — and venture to new places to work — including Jordan, Morocco, and the Philippines — like we have this week in Australia. We are looking forward to posting reports from all of those places in the future!