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Digital Reading Brings Africa Together

April 16, 2015 By

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We’re thrilled to be hosting our second annual Digital Reading Summit in two countries very special to Worldreader’s mission: Ghana and Kenya. These countries are pioneering the future of Africa’s digital reading revolution and contributing towards making Worldreader’s vision of bringing books to all a foreseeable and promising reality. This year’s Worldreader Digital Reading Summit … Continue Reading →

E-Reading Grows in Uganda

March 27, 2015 By

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Community-led and locally-owned initiatives are what make Worldreader e-reading programs sustainable. It is especially important to have the community’s support behind the e-reading programs, to ensure students have the resources and encouragement they need to excel. Such was the case with a new Worldreader partner, Yamba Abaana, an organization that worked to establish a Worldreader … Continue Reading →

E-Books Against Ebola

March 19, 2015 By

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Did you know that Ebola survivors become immune to the virus, turning them into excellent caregivers in Ebola clinics? Neither did I before starting to compile a series of Ebola books for Worldreader Mobile. The latest outbreak in West Africa has been the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in … Continue Reading →

We’ve Gone Solar

February 24, 2015 By

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When people first learn about Worldreader, one question they often ask is “How do people in the developing world charge their e-readers?” We tell them that the schools and libraries we work with have the means to charge their devices, either through the power grid, a generator or a nearby electricity source. Today, we are … Continue Reading →

Over 1 million hours of mobile reading in 2014

December 1, 2014 By

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If you think people in the developing world don’t read on their mobile phones, think again. This year alone, people across Africa and Asia have spent 1,028,109 hours reading on Worldreader Mobile. That’s a whopping 42,838 days and a mind-blowing 117 years! Our readers have used their phone to devour a range of reading materials including … Continue Reading →

2014 Tech Awards: We Won The Microsoft Education Award

November 27, 2014 By

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Anyone who’s seen Worldreader’s headquarters here in San Francisco understands that our organization knows how to do a lot with a little. Words like “austere” and “spartan” and “converted old garage space” often come up when describing our digs. So, a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to deliver a new addition into the office that … Continue Reading →

New Study Shows E-readers Help Children Learn to Read

November 24, 2014 By

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For the last two years, we’ve been running a rigorous study called iREAD 2, examining the impact of Worldreader’s e-reader program on students in Ghana. Today, we are excited to announce the final results of that study. Literacy is a foundational skill that sets up children for lifelong success. Unfortunately, few children in sub-Saharan Africa … Continue Reading →

Life-Saving Ebola Information on Worldreader Mobile

October 28, 2014 By

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Sitting at the office in early August, I was discussing with my colleagues whether, given the emerging Ebola crises, I should take my two daughters on their long awaited trip to West Africa. We were going to Ghana, a country that had no confirmed cases of the disease (and still doesn’t), but it was clear … Continue Reading →

Angry Birds Stella Inspiring Girls to Read

October 10, 2014 By

Two years ago, the UN declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl in order to raise global awareness about the importance of educating girls. This year, in celebration of this important occasion Worldreader is teaming up with Rovio and Egmont to empower girls everywhere with books. Rovio is best known for creating … Continue Reading →