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Dyslexia International is a not-for-profit organisation. We provide teacher-training programmes that embody latest scientific research to ensure that literacy is taught as effectively as possible in classrooms around the world. Initially designed to specifically address dyslexia in the classroom, our (free-to-use) flagship on-line course Basics for teachers is recognised by experts as a leading programme for teaching literacy to learners of all abilities. In collaboration with a Scientific Advisory Panel, an Open Educational Resources Advisory Panel and a team of online consultants in literacy and reading difficulties, Dyslexia International promotes free and fair education and equal opportunities for those who struggle with reading and writing by making teacher training the priority. We bring together policy makers and ministerial officials in charge of teacher training, university researchers and local networks to address the interests of over 10 percent of the population who remain at risk of life-long illiteracy and marginalization unless they are taught by appropriately trained teachers using methods adapted to their students’ specific learning needs. Over the past decade, Dyslexia International, with outreach to over 190 countries at UNESCO has assembled a global team of expert scholars, educators, government officials and other stakeholders who share their research findings, tools, training and support for educators in dyslexia identification and teaching strategies. The five areas we address Throughout 2014 – 2015 we are focusing on five areas that bring us nearer to meeting our goal: promoting free and fair education and equal opportunities for those who struggle with reading and writing. 1. Creating and promoting science-based open courseware free of charge for teachers worldwide: online training in teaching literacy to all – all including those students who struggle with reading difficulties. Click here for ‘Basic’s for teachers’ 2. Building a range of open educational resources at our e-Campus: selected cost-free, science-based, teacher training materials including books, films, first level assessment diagnostic tools, and a laboratory providing an insight into current scientific research into dyslexia. Click here to go to the e-Campus 3. Advocacy: coordinating World Dyslexia Forums involving the five regions of the world : broadening understanding and sharing expertise in how best to address the learning needs of 10% of the population with dyslexia in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Exhibiting our work at UNESCO and taking part in Education for All debates and working groups and where over 190 UNESCO Member states ministries of education are represented. 4. Evaluation: This UNESCO UNITWIN programme brings together researchers to evaluate online learning, a large part of our work. Members of our Scientific Advisory Panel and our Open Educational Resources Advisory Panel to take part. Findings will be published and reported to UNESCO education sector. 5. Face-to-face training in countries where computer access is limited. Dyslexia International is regularly invited to train in countries where teachers and education authorities are keen to access latest research into best practice in teaching literacy in the inclusive setting. Most recently we have trained in Mali, Ghana and Burkina Faso working to our usual format – involving three key parties: ministry officials, local universities and parent associations where possible as a means to sustainable development and setting up durable systems of communications. Each visit is preceded and followed up by a survey. To date our interventions have been supported by the UNESCO Participation Programmes and the Australian High Commission Direct Air Programme.
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