The Nokia Education Delivery (NED) system, a mobile-based resource deployed in support of the Global Literacy Professional Development Network’s (GLPDN) teacher training projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia, was given PublicAffairsAsia’s Gold Standard Award for Corporate Citizenship at a reception held in Hong Kong on December 5, 2013. The GLPDN uses the Diagnostic Teaching Model (DTM) developed by the International Reading Association, a worldwide membership association of reading teachers and literacy researchers, to support the training of literacy instructors in developing countries.
The Gold Standard Awards showcase excellence in corporate communications, stakeholder management, public affairs, social media innovation, and sustainability in the Asia Pacific region. In the corporate citizenship award, PacificAffairsAsia noted that Nokia “makes it possible for teachers and children to access content that would otherwise be out of their reach. In many cases NED delivers content intended for direct viewing, study, and discussion by children in classrooms.”
Marcie Craig Post, IRA’s Executive Director, offered high praise for Nokia’s efforts on behalf of the GLPDN project. “We congratulate our partner Nokia on receiving the Gold Standard Award for 2013. We know of no more important a challenge than helping to enhance the spread of literacy in the developing areas of the world by providing high quality training for classroom teachers. By supporting our DTM training, as well as the follow up classroom implementation, Nokia has made an invaluable contribution to the future of the region’s children.”
The GLPDN Project
The Global Literacy Professional Development Network is a comprehensive literacy teacher training program that addresses educational challenges facing developing countries today. It provides core instruction for primary school teachers to improve the strategies they use with students, and to engage students more actively in effective classroom instruction. The goal is to improve teacher performance at the end of a three-year implementation cycle, employing face-to-face and virtual professional development and networking to enhance success.
GLPDN has five partners and funders, including the Nokia Corporation, the Pearson Foundation, the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, Child Fund International, Catholic Relief Services, and the International Reading Association. Nokia and Pearson are funding regional literacy improvement efforts in Bangladesh and Indonesia, collaborating with two IRA affiliates, the Bangladesh Reading Association and the Reading and Writing Association of Indonesia (PBTM). GLPDN employs the NED system to enhance the professional training of teachers. The content delivered through this resource, IRA’s Diagnostic Teaching Model, emphasizes practical strategies for classroom instruction, assessment processes to evaluate and address students’ needs, development of teachers’ knowledge, and capacity building for local stakeholders. Given that the target schools are mostly in remote rural settings, the DTM model was devised to offer clear and simple development support.
Over 1,000 Teachers Trained
In a year and a half, over 1000 teachers have been trained through the GLPDN project. Country leadership teams have been instituted and local Master Trainers have been prepared to extend the model to all teachers. Nokia devices, including the NED video application, were provided to all participating trainers and schools. Moreover, the corporate program representative provided supervision, advice, and direction, including regular on-site visits to local projects and schools. With continued support, GLPDN is a model for supporting schools and teachers in hard-to-reach areas to meet the Millennium Development Goals of a quality education for all children and basic literacy skills around the world.
About the International Reading Association
The International Reading Association is the world’s foremost expert on literacy. A non-profit global network dedicated to advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide, the International Reading Association supports reading teachers and other literacy professionals by providing professional development resources, advocating for policy and practices that benefit all teachers and students, and conducting research that promotes informed decision-making about literacy practice in the classroom. With more than 53,000 members worldwide, the Association is one of the world’s largest educational membership organizations. Visit www.reading.org for more information.