Updated Dec 08, 2017CLOSED
Acquisition of a first language is essential for early childhood development and a building block for learning to read. Literacy is linked to all development goals contributing to psycho-social health, employment opportunities, economic growth, and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Globally for children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind (henceforth referred to as ‘Deaf’*), access to and education in a local sign language is often limited or absent. Without access to whole language with frequent and daily input to an accessible and natural language, the foundations of literacy, children are prevented from reaching their full potential. In developing countries and low-resource contexts, literacy outcomes for children who are Deaf are particularly substandard.
As such,All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Developmentis launching theSign On For Literacy Prize,which seeks technology-based innovations to increase access to local sign languages and develop literacy interventions for children who are Deaf in low-resource contexts. Winning innovations must be novel, while utilizing technology to make a significant impact upon learning and literacy in the Deaf Community.
|Region||Low and Middle Income Countries|
Literacy (Education) and Disability
|Target Beneficiaries||These innovations sought bySign On for Literacy will assist parents, educators, communities, and governments in enhancing early childhood development outcomes, improving access to local sign languages, and increasing literacy outcomes of children who are Deaf.|
|Potential for Scale||Solvers should be able to answer the following questions:|
Does the innovation have the potential for global adaptability (e.g. is it limited to country-specific partnerships, one sign or written language and how will the innovation be scaled to other sign languages/countries?
Does the innovation provide incentives for adoption?
Is there a plan for maintaining and growing the innovation?