The study analyzed contextual influences on the development of a literacy program in Bangladesh that need to be considered for effective adaptation of the program in other cultural contexts. Baseline research done in 1990 and experiments conducted during the development of the materials from 1991-1997 showed that only ten percent of the population could read the New Reader Portions from Bangladesh Bible Society. To address this challenge among new readers, new Scripture-focused audio products and primers were devised and implemented. The result was that thirty to forty percent could read the New Readers’ Portions after using these new materials.
In April 2000, another extensive survey was conducted in six different districts of Bangladesh (Mymensingh, Gopalganj, Rajshahi, Bogra, Dinajpur, and Nilphamari) with 299 members of the literacy groups. This survey was conducted using a standard questionnaire. The ongoing effects of this literacy program continue to show thirty to forty percent being able to read.
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