Sparking a reading revolution
Gove, A., Brombacher, A., & Ward-Brent, M. (2017). Sparking a reading revolution: Results of early literacy interventions in Egypt and Jordan. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2017(155), 97-115. DOI: 10.1002/cad.20194
This article examines the effects of two early grade reading interventions in two Arabic-speaking contexts (Egypt and Jordan), developed in partnership with ministries of education. The interventions relied on similar research bases for improving reading instruction in Arabic. In Egypt, the results of a 166-school pilot led to the national scale-up of the Early Grade Reading Program for more than 4 million children in grades 1-3. Informed by Egypt's experience, a demonstration effort in 43 schools led to a national rollout in Jordan's 2,651 public primary schools and the creation of a remediation program. We reflect on the conditions that influenced the pilot and scale-up outcomes given the commitments made to "inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all" under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.