" If 90 days could make the world l literate, would you not do it?" - Dr. Sunita Gandhi

5-7 year olds are reading newspapers!
And Doing Numeracy One Grade Up

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The Literacy Now app enables teachers and volunteers to conduct interactive assessments and deliver interactive content including videos and games to teach FLN in an enjoyable and effective manner. The app will also enable partner organizations like governments, schools and NGOs to use large-scale data for decision-making. DEVI Sansthan has received a grant from State Bank of India Foundation to develop the app and interactive content..


Accelerating Learning for All or ALfA

The ALfA is a reverse methodology that uses cognitive mind connections, and self-led peer work to make learning accelerated and joyful. There is no rote learning and no teaching of the alphabet. Children go straight to reading words. They learn to decode and blend words from the first day. Even three-year olds can read the three-letter words from the beginning and simple sentences within weeks. The 5+ children can read storybooks and newspapers within three months, and many of the 7 year olds within one month. The next goals are reading fluency through lots of reading practice, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development.

 

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About

ALfA: Accelerating Learning for All is a child-centric, process-led pedagogy that is producing rapid improvements in learning by all. It is ground-breaking, swift, zero or low cost and effective.

ALfA is the school version of the Global Dream process and toolkit which was created by program author Dr. Sunita Gandhi and grew out of many years of research work in real laboratories of children and adults.

After trials with many learners, Global Dream disruptive methodology was converted in 2014 into a Toolkit for the teaching of literacy and numeracy by anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Currently, Global Dream Disruptive ALfA is used for school based projects and the FLN Toolkits are used for the adults and children-out-of-school or NGO-based programs for children. Technically, the Global Dream FLN Toolkit can be used for schools also but ALfA process is designed exclusively for schools. These can be schools run by the government or private bodies.

Capacity Building of Government Officials, Volunteer Organisations, Teachers and Volunteers, Master Trainers and others is carried out in collaboration with GETI: Global Education & Training Institute.

 

FAQs

1. How much does it cost?
  1. Global Dream is available online for free of cost. Anyone can download and use on their mobiles as tablets on 1:1 or 1:5 settings, on a laptop with 1:10 to 15 learners, on a screen with a projector with any number of learners depending on the display area.
  2. Global Dream LMS is available with literacy videos, pre- and post-tests of the learner for free.
  3. ALfA or Global Dream in the printed version have a cost. The cost ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 300 per learner depending upon which components are used, for how many years, and if physical pre- and post-tests are involved.
  4. Training costs are separate.
2. How difficult is it to implement?
  1. It is very easy to implement.
  2. Individual volunteers may simply download the Toolkit on their devices, find one or more learners, and start teaching after a quick pre-test. The app provides Pre-Test, Learning Videos, and more.
  3. Institutions may
3. How much training is required?
  1. Individual volunteers may watch these videos to get started. The teaching learning materials provide guidelines as well. Study them first before you get started. Take a session with other volunteers to understand these first as there are certain guiding principles of Global Dream methodology and a certain order in which things are presented and it must the taught by that exact process, or it becomes rote learning.
  2. For governments, institutions and schools training on a larger scale, the amount of training depends upon context, from 3-hours online to 5 days or more days of physical training, supervision and review. The training may be divided into parts. Depending upon context, online training at the beginning and middle of the implementation is suggested, followed by sharing and celebration of success.
4. Where have you implemented these before?

Through Student Volunteers

  1. 500,000 student volunteers from across India have used the Global Dream Toolkits in 13 Indian languages to teach illiterate learners of any age, often out-of-school-children, parents, or support staff in their homes, 2014-19.
  2. 30,000 student volunteers have recently begun to teach in this program in 2022 post-COVID.
  3. A large number of learners are expected to take this up in 54 African countries in collaboration with All Africa Student’s Union, Ghana.

Through Adult Literacy with Emphasis on Women

  1. 1500 adults made Literate (mostly women) on pilot basis, now expanding to 100,000 women of Self Help Groups with HCL Corporation, India
  2. 800 women of a village made literate in a pilot in which 22 women volunteers taught, Karouni, India
  3. 5000 learners in three districts of Mizoram are currently being made literate in partnership with the Department of Education
  4. Pilot of Global Dream Literacy Toolkits with adult learners by Literacy Chicago, USA

In addition, the program has grown manifolds through strategic partnerships since we moved into sharing and expansion phase in 2021. These have created the circumstances for the project’s growth into the future, and its long-term sustainability.

Through Nationwide Implementation in the Maldives

  1. All the 215 government schools of the Republic of the Maldives in partnership with its MOE

Through Pilots in several countries including:

  1. Guyana with Kupanda Sisters
  2. USA in Val Verde and Cucamonga Districts
  3. Kenya with Youth for SDG
  4. Zimbabwe with Rotary International
  5. Afghanistan in collaboration with Action For Aid, Switzerland

Through Government Partnerships in India

  1. In 112 aspirational districts of India covering 27 of the 30 States of India
  2. In 2 of the 10 poorest performing districts of India as per National Achievement Survey of Government of India in 2017: Sonbhadra in Orissa and Shamili in Uttar Pradesh
  3. In 14 Districts of Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with Education Department
  4. In Chattra District, Jharkhand, India

Through International Collaborations in 100+ countries

  1. 54 countries of Africa
  2. 26 countries of Asia
  3. 12 countries of Europe
  4. 4 countries of South America
  5. 7 countries of North America
  6. 1 country of Oceania
5. How many languages is the program available in?
14 Indian languages (2 partially done). We invite your help to replicate them in your language. 11 International languages (more on the way)
  1. Arabic
  2. Dutch
  3. Serbian
  4. French
  5. Twi
  6. Spanish
  7. Yoruba
  8. Nepalese
  9. Swahili
  10. English
  11. Numeracy may be used with instructions in English or the Mother Tongue. The instructions are for the teacher or the volunteer.