February 22, 2018

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Lubuto Library Project Wins Major Grant

Remember reading about the Lubuto Library Project in SLJTeen’s July 11 issue? Now congratulations are in order— the project is among 32 winners of an All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development grant, a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The competition to create innovative solutions to improve early grade reading in the developing world elicited more than 450 submissions from more than 75 countries. Lubuto’s winning proposal, “LubutoLiteracy: Zambian teaching and learning materials for the digital age,” will be funded by World Vision to the tune of about $300,000. The two-year USAID/World Vision grant will support the evaluation and improvement of learning materials and make them widely accessible throughout Zambia on ereaders and mobile phones. The innovative project also offers online interactive lessons in Zambia’s seven major languages that support the local curriculum.

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