A curated list of resources on interactive radio instruction

What we found

This list of resources is to promote Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) to mitigate the educational impact of COVID-19.

IRI is a distance education tool for educators to direct active learning in the home. Contrary to “chalk-and-talk” lecture-style broadcasts, radio teachers guide students through interactive content and exercises. 

Typical activities include quizzes, singing, role play and storytelling. During lessons, caregivers will receive instructions on how to do home-based learning.

Governments can use IRI for those with low connectivity and limited resources. Education specialists can develop standardised scripts to ensure all l​earners can benefit from curriculum-aligned content and a consistent pedagogy.

    1. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, IRI represents a good short-term investment for governments to deliver their core curriculum and to facilitate TPD in support of long-term education improvement.
    2. After the crisis, governments can use IRI for children who cannot return to school and promote system recovery.
    3. Education providers can adapt audio content from previous programmes and other countries to reduce the time and cost of making quality materials.
    4. Policymakers can use SMS text blasts and supplementary print materials to distribute broadcast schedules, deliver exercises to all ​children and enhance overall engagement with IRI initiatives.
    5. Curriculum specialists should iterate locally relevant and demand-driven content. Governments need to regularly engage national agencies, civil bodies, community radio stations and parents when making IRI programmes. 

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