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An E-reader Intervention with Community Engagement - Girls' Literacy Improved


Strategy researched

An e-reader intervention embedded in a "safe space" platform and including community engagement activities, which sought to improve literacy, as well as numeracy and non-verbal reasoning in adolescent girls

Impact achieved

56.3% increase in scores on the basic literacy assessment for the arm that included the e-reader & facilitated book group vs. 44.8% for the safe-spaces-only arm & 34.9% for the control arm.

Country of study


Research methodology

3-arm RCT


Journal of Development Effectiveness; 2021

Journal paper title and link

Effects of an e-reader intervention on literacy, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning among adolescent girls in Zambia: evidence from a randomised controlled trial

Excerpt from Abstract

"The intent-to-treat estimates indicate that girls in the e-reader arm scored significantly better on two basic literacy assessments as well as non-verbal reasoning compared with girls in the control arm."

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