Reading Eggs(RE) aims to address the gaps in foundation phase literacy through an online, phonetic-based program that provides visual and auditory instruction with reading games, activities, songs, animation and rewards. Repetition, revision and consolidation of skills are employed and the progress within the program is individualized to suit each student’s pace.
The Click Foundation identifies schools with the necessary infrastructure to host the program (computers and connectivity); a commitment to at least 2 x 30 minute sessions per week on Reading Eggs; a member of staff willing to champion the program and a collaborative approach. The school is supported to upgrade connectivity. Log-ins for all students and teachers are provided, as well as training of facilitators, teachers and projects managers with continued mentoring from the foundation. The environments are coordinated and managed by existing staff or local facilitators specifically employed (by partners) for this role. The role has been a job creation opportunity for out-of-work youth who have displayed an interest in technology and in working with their local communities.Reading Eggs can back-fill gaps and it requires only basic facilitation. Where possible, the programme has leveraged existing unused, or under-utilised computer rooms.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportLearning materials for studentsParental/community engagement in support of studentsSchool supportEducational Technology
The program is run in participating schools for free and is carried out in schools that are functional and the existing infrastructure is underutilized.
TechnologyComputerEnrichment or remediation resourcesLearning materials for studentsTeacher trainingTeaching materialsTracking student performance
Scale35of which 20 are schoolsJune, 2014
The market was tested in 2012 with a pilot of 800 students in Early Childhood Development Centres and Aftercare centres. Reading Eggs proved to be effective and in 2013 it was successfully rolled out to 3000 learners and in 2014 to 6500 learners.
By the end of 2014 the aim is to provide 7,500 learners with access to Reading Eggs. The aim is to expand the program to included further grades and classes in current partner environments. The emphasis is also on identifying partner organizations to expand the project to include all the functioning schools within an education district. There is also a drive to enhance the offerings of the program by providing real-time assessment. The end-goal would be for government to adopt the replication of this program.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
RE provides reporting on individual student progress. Since inception, the Click Foundation has commissioned independent monitoring and evaluation. In May 2013 baseline testing was carried out with Grade 3 classes in Mpumalanga. These initial tests indicated that the two Click Foundation partner schools performed 27% better than the control schools after using the program for 3 – 6 months.
A system is has been designed to assist in real time management and monitoring of implementation, including:
- Aggregates data from RE with learner /environment demographics
- Standardized reporting per environment
- Comparative reporting across environments /grades / ages / region etc