Results

Main results: Learnable Reading Tool– LRT and LRT Mentors' Handbook

The main results of the projects are the 2intellectual outputs and also intermediary results corresponding to activities for project implementation.

1. LEARNABLE READING TOOL - LRT

This fundamental output of i-Read project is an innovative IT tool addressing to a critical needs in our target society/target group/audience, namely to those suffering from the lack of basic literacy.

LRT is structured as an e-course or better to say m-course, surely free for installing and use, and the most favorable feature is that it is available to use on Android OS based Mobil phones and tablets, equivalent to four weeks conventional intensive course; considering that every section will need one week learning; corresponding to 12 hours total learning per week. However, users will be free to change, shorten or elongate the learning time according to their needs and possibilities.

It has also the self-evaluation section that consists in tests for each module.

The reason we have chosen Android based OS is that the rate of exploitation of the OS being the pioneer in the universe at the rate of 71.2% market share as of today (http://gs.statcounter.com/osmarket-share/mobile/europe).

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The potentially widely accessible objectives of LRT are:

Support learning process for both target group "i-Read learner women" and i-Read mentor women";

Encourage the continuous practical language learning and practicing process;

Ensure the transferability of the leaning resources created to other target groups to adult education organization like "second chance"

LRT is addressed to:

  1. ILLITERATE WOMEN (defined by UNESCO as: population aged 15 years and over who cannot read and write with understanding a short simple statement on his/her everyday life), especially women from disadvantaged groups such as Roma, migrants or refugees with very low basic literacy skills - named in project "i-Read learner women"
  2. -MENTORS WHO WILL support ILLITERATE WOMEN TO ACHIEVE BASIC LITERACY (who may be family members, friends), who can read/write and know how to use the mobile phone; being willing to help the learners - named in project "i-Read mentor women" In addition, other direct beneficiaries are: experts in adult education, educators, teachers dealing with people without basic literacy or very low educated people, migrants, psychologists or experts in personal development, experts from public bodies responsible for migrant integration or social protection of disadvantaged people, NGOs working with target groups.

Impact of LRT:

  • Raising the number of women that will learn to read and write in the close communities like Roma, migrants, Improving situation regarding the very low educated or illiterate adult education in partner countries;
  • Improve the learning approaches for illiterates women to read and write and also for mentors, - Enhancing the adult learning process by using innovative methods and LRT tool, motivating audience for employing mobile devices for their self-development too;
  • Motivating e-VET providers to employ the mobile technology more intensively, as in the future all ICT devices will be mobile but still will furnish users with the capabilities of laptops.

Innovation elements:

i-Read project will develop an innovative tool for development basic literacy skills of adults - "Learnable Reading Tool" - LRT.

The innovation consists in "starting from the motivation and targeting thru need" by developing a new, modern and friendly to use IT application, for those who will learn "basic literacy" via smart phones, only watching and listening avatars and learning alphabet and 25-50 basic and essential phrases for their daily life. The e-course will be prepared in talking format and some cartoon speakers will be used to present the content.

Maybe the most important innovative function of i-Read tool will be that, it will allow the illiterate women to become literate women alone - only receiving a support from her close mentor - so that eliminating the embarrassment factor from the learning process of illiterate women, because this is the greatest obstacle for illiterate persons to attend public training as they have a tendency to not to declare their illiterateness within public; together with offering to mentor to learn how to trigger the learning adventure of the illiterate, being maybe daughter, sister or a close friend. Therefore, all elements of i-Read system and resulting complete LRT are innovative from various dimensions, resulting in an innovative approach.

Transferability

This tool will ensure easy transferability to other target group, easy later extending/expanding/upgrading, and rapid multiplication in communities, like Roma, were, may generate a domino effect once the first results will come. The tool may be included in the toolkit normally used by adult education organizations, and also may be used by NGOs working with target group, LRT being a free to use tool that will may be installed on Android Mobil phone/tablet of user and/or mentor.

LRT is available in English, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish and German.

i-Read learner woman profile

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According to UNESCO definition, we refer at illiterate women as persons aged 15 and over who cannot read and write, without understanding a short simple statement on their everyday life, especially women from disadvantaged groups such as Roma, migrants or refugees without any or very low basic literacy skills. Especially, they are women who are living in remote areas of the country, lacking of access to different social services, with mobility restrictions, including disabilities. They probably stay at home or have some jobs that do not require literacy skills. Usually, people with literacy difficulties feel ashamed about their shortcomings, hide it, believe they are too old to learn, and either consider improvement impossible or are afraid of failing. Therefore, by convincing them to use i-Read application (LRT), we help illiterate women overcoming the "embarrassment" obstacle which usually prevents them from attending conventional literacy training classes. This training will improve their social integration by facilitating their daily social interaction that will allow them to communicate more easily, and will also increase their life chances

i-Read mentor profile

The mentor will support illiterate women to achieve basic literacy. Mentors may be family members, friends, who can read/write and know how to use the mobile phone, being willing to help the learners. Being a close person to the women learners could be an advantage, because women will feel safe and comfortable, will be more willing to learn, and will overcome the feeling of embarrassment. Mentors should be aware of the needs of the target group, know how to motivate and encourage them to learn, showing and giving them the resources to improve their literacy skills. Thus, they will serve as good examples for learner women, proving them it are possible to achieve something if you really want.

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2. LRT Mentors' Handbook-intellectual output 2

To be effective, mentors have to be provided with a handbook, with a guide that contains all instruction related with the learning objectives, RLT content, functionality, way to use for learning, and for self-assessment.

The mentor will actually learn how can help the illiterate women to use LRT for learning to read and write. So, these type of tools (handbooks) are mandatory to support the learning process and to ensure that the person who supervise and support the illiterate women knows to use the RLT.

The concentration will be on the fact that, potential mentors who will use this handbook, will be able to use basic mentoring techniques to guide their mentees in LRT.

The objectives of the Handbook are:

Guide mentors in the learning process;

Support learning process of i-Read learner women;

Encourage the involvement of mentors in practical learning process of i-Read learner women;

Ensure the transferability of the leaning resources created to other target groups to adult education organization like "second chance".

To be effective, mentors have to be provided with a handbook, with a guide that contains all instruction related with the learning objectives, RLT content, functionality, way to use for learning, and for self-assessment. The mentor will actually learn how can help the illiterate women to use LRT for learning to read and write. So, these type of tools (handbooks) are mandatory to support the learning process and to ensure that the person who supervise and support the illiterate women knows to use the RLT. The concentration will be on the fact that, potential mentors who will use this handbook, will be able to use basic mentoring techniques to guide their mentees in LRT.

 

The objectives of the Handbook are:

- Guide mentors in the learning process;

- Support learning process of i-Read learner women;

- Encourage the involvement of mentors in practical learning process of i-Read learner women;

- Ensure the transferability of the leaning resources created to other target groups (illiterates men, functional illiterates), to adult education organization like "second chance" (including the LRT in the their used toolkit)

 

LRT Mentors' Handbook  is addressed to - MENTORS WHO WILL support ILLITERATE WOMEN TO ACHIEVE BASIC LITERACY (who may be family members, friends), who can read/write and know how to use the mobile phone; being willing to help the learners - named in project "i-Read mentor women".

In addition, other direct beneficiaries are: experts in adult education, educators, teachers dealing with people without basic literacy or very low educated people, migrants, psychologists or experts in personal development, experts from public bodies responsible for migrant integration or social protection of disadvantaged people.

LRT Mentors’ Handbook is available in English, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish and German.

 

INNOVATION:

The handbook will be available as downloadable version and also connected with the LRT- having instructions available in the tool, so the mentor may open them directly from application. For example, on a page of a module it will be a button "?" that will be linked with handbook and it will open page with instructions for mentors related with the respectively module.

 

IMPACT:

As our primary target group; future mentors are educated women having knowledge of using the Mobil phone application; however maybe away from mentoring idea. Also they may be away from lifelong learning perspective and further self-development. This will be a tool to help them to be able to support "i-Read mentor women" in using LRT and also to restore their learning habits, encourage their transfer of knowledge appetite.

This Handbook will impact:

- Build new knowledge in the area of mentoring

- Improve the knowledge creation process on very low educated or illiterate adult education

- Improve the learning approaches for mentors that support the illiterate women to read and write

- Enhancing the mentoring process on using innovative methods and tools for learning

 

 

TRANSFERABILITY:

This intellectual output will be easy to transfer to other training and education areas, as: second chances institutions, psychologist clinics or school psychologists (psychological therapy sessions for persons difficult to educate due their addiction by IT devices – especially