A unique aspect of School-to-School International’s work in Morocco is the use of officials from the Moroccan Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOE) as enumerators, or data collectors, for the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA). Good enumerators are vital to the success of an assessment because they assure students that they are not being graded on their responses and create a relaxed atmosphere for the students when conducting an oral assessment of their literacy skills. This positive environment prepares the students to perform to their best ability while being tested. Using Ministry officials as enumerators builds their capacity and enables them to continue to conduct assessments after the project ends. This model had even farther reaching effects in Morocco because, through continuous participation and involvement, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training took greater ownership of the project.
School-to-School International president and co-founder Dr. Mark Lynd gives a master class presentation at the “Digital Innovation for Children Literacy Summit and Showcase” on April 27 in Melbourne, Australia.
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.