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Reading Essentials: Cognitive Science and the Gift of Fluency for All

Helen Abadzi, a senior education specialist at the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (c/o World Bank; 1987-2013), prepared a set of e-courses for the training donor and government staff.  
The Reading Essentials course is now available for free.  To make access rapid and open, it has been uploaded to Udemy website. Click here to access the e-course.  

Estimating the Impact of Language of Instruction in S African Primary Schools: A Fixed Effects Approach

The country of South Africa faces a difficult policy decision ahead as they seek to provide their citizens with adequate skills in both English and Afrikaans, the only two of the nation's eleven official languages that are currently used in academic contexts and literature, while continuing to provide mother tongue education. 

Introduction to Issues and Implications for Children Learning to Read in Multilingual Settings

This report, commissioned through the Education Resource Facility - an initiative funded by AusAID, provides a review of the literature on the most current research and practices surrounding learning to read in a second langauge (L2) and learning through the medium of an L2.

New Uwezo Report on Literacy and Numeracy across East Africa

Uwezo is a new initiative that began in 2008 when several East African stakeholders traveled to India to visit Pratham, the organization that developed a new assessment methodology that led to the now widely-used Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). This innovative approach to assessing the literacy and numeracy skills of children ages 6 to 16 influenced and informed the creation of the Uwezo assessment design. The educators, government officials and researchers involved in the development of the Uwezo assessment approach incorporated the household-based, volunteer-led methods inspired by ASER. 

Literacy and linguistic diversity in a global perspective: an intercultural exchange with African countries

This publication reflects the outcomes of a project which brought together experts and practitioners in the field of linguistic diversity and literacy from European and African countries with a view to taking a comparative perspective and defining possible areas of mutually enriching co-operation and exchange.

Promoting Literacy in Multilingual Settings

This comprehensive guide (geared towards Asia but with information applicable to other regions) examines the following topics: • Education in Ethnic Minority Communities: Questions to Consider and Problems to Solve • Multilingual Education Practice in Eight Asian Countries • Developing Low Cost and Effective Materials for Multilingual Education Programmes • Training Effective Community Teachers for Multilingual Education Programmes • Teaching Methods for Effective Multilingual Education Programmes This comprehensive guide (geared towards Asia but with information ap
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