Recruiting youth volunteers in Africa to improve child literacy: Lessons from Winning Start
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Recruiting youth volunteers in Africa to improve child literacy: Lessons from Winning Start

Last month, our team attended the inaugural Teaching at the Right Level conference in South Africa, hosted by pioneers in the field, Pratham and J-PAL. On a panel with organizations piloting variations of youth or volunteer-led TaRL models across Africa, our Program Coordinator, Fred Abungu, shared what we’ve learned from working with the Government of Kenya to effectively and sustainably recruit, retain, and motivate volunteers to deliver remedial support at steadily increasing scale. In this post, we explore some of the insights he offered.

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How we’re learning from the pioneers of “Teaching at the Right Level”
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How we’re learning from the pioneers of “Teaching at the Right Level”

In late 2017, we had a fantastic opportunity to participate in a ‘Teaching at the Right Level’ (TaRL) workshop in India hosted by Indian education non-profit and pioneer of the TaRL model, Pratham. The crux of the workshop was our favorite theme here at Evidence Action: how to translate rigorous research into effective, scaled action.

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Iterating and testing for improved program monitoring: Winning Start’s use of mobile technology
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Iterating and testing for improved program monitoring: Winning Start’s use of mobile technology

At Evidence Action, we often use mobile technology to collect program data that informs decision making. Recently, we experimented with Echo Mobile as a tool for monitoring Winning Start, a program in our Beta incubator that deploys post-university youth to public schools where they help children develop basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills. 
 

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