Ghana District Scale is Worldreader’s first-ever district-run, digital reading program that will facilitate the scaling of digital reading to all 90 public primary schools within the Kwaebibirem Municipality in Ghana. The project aims to build a model that demonstrates how digital reading in schools can be scaled nationwide by creating systems-level change starting at the district level.
In 2018, STS conducted a baseline Early Grade Reading Assessment as part of the project’s evaluation framework. The assessment served to establish primary school students’ baseline reading levels in both English and Akuapem Twi for comparison at future evaluation timepoints and to gauge the comparability of the Treatment 2 and Comparison groups prior to the start of the intervention.
In 2019, STS returned to the project to conduct an operational research study. The study explored several research questions around the use of e-readers in intervention schools. STS gathered data through classroom observation, surveys, and key informant interviews with teachers, head teachers, circuit supervisors, district officials, and parents.