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Creation of reading resources

Explore the costs and processes for creating digital and print storybooks.

Trainer's Guide for the Multi-Strategy Economy Model

Primer Construction Manual and Teacher Trainer's Guide

The Multi-Strategy Economy Model (M-SEM) is based on the same philosophy as the Multi-Strategy Method with 2 separate tracks each focusing on different reading and writing strategies (whole language and word building; top-down and bottom-up). However, it integrates the tracks more explicitly. Also it requires fewer materials -- only a set of primers and chalk boards. The M-SEM was designed especially for national propagation, for language areas with lower education, and for those with less economical means. The primers are easy to construct by mother-tongue writers who have experience in writing their language. Teacher training only takes about 1 week because teaching patterns are simple and consistent. Teaching patterns also give flexibility for inconsistent schedules or teaching different age groups. Extra reading materials can be easily incorporated into the method as they become available.

Where Have All the Textbooks Gone?

Toward Sustainable Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials in Sub-Saharan Africa - a report by Tony Read for the World Bank.

Content development cost questionnaire (FRENCH)

The questionnaire above was also translated to French and circulated to publishers in Francophone Africa.

Content development cost questionnaire

NBA is researching the cost of producing storybooks in local languages. Because NBA believes that maintaining the vitality of the indigenous content creation industry is a key priority, it is circulating a questionnaire to document costs. Donors and governments purchasing local books understand that openly licensed resources may be free to the user, but they still cost money to produce. They are usually willing to pay these expenses because publishing cost components are recognized and understood. Even so, storybook publishing is complicated in the global South. The real costs associated with producing high-quality children’s picture books are not always clearly laid out. Publishers and other content producers must be able to state exactly how much money is required to fulfil a commission. NBA hopes that this research will assist content producers make informed arguments about real costs and help those that fund early childhood reading resources understand what is entailed in producing a high-quality children’s book.