Education experts and U.S. government officials gathered in Washington, D.C. in August to discuss the state of the field.
Education Technology For Development (et4d) was present as an exhibitor, which gave us the opportunity to showcase Smart4Kids, our reading android application. The application is being prepared for the Total Reading Approach for Children project by World Education, Inc. and Education Technology for Development, in collaboration with Kampuchean Action for Primary Education and Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport thanks to a USAID grant (All Children Reading Challenge).
The 2013 USAID Education Summit three-day agenda focuses on each of the five-year strategy’s three goals to be completed by 2015:
- Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades.
- Enhanced ability of workforce development programs.
- Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners.
The second round of USAID’s “All Children Reading” Grand Challenge for Development was announced. It will offer entrepreneurs and businesses an avenue to USAID funding for products which can bring progress in the field of early-grade reading. The next challenge will focus exclusively on science and technology innovations for education, with a strong emphasis on mother tongue, which are both the focus and specificity of Et4d products.