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MER Foundation Enabling Digital Reading in South Africa

January 7, 2016 By

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Across South Africa too many children have never experienced the world through reading. This is because over 80% of students in South Africa do not have a library. The Matthew E. Russell Foundation (MER) is an NGO changing this reality. And one way they’re doing it is through digital libraries with the Worldreader BLUE Box … Continue Reading →

Beyond literacy with Yejide Kilanko

April 20, 2015 By

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Literacy is much more than learning how to read; it is building a culture of reading that enables people to see themselves in stories and use the written words as a platform for effecting change. This means that in addition to sourcing locally relevant content, we also publish stories that tackle difficult but salient social … 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 →

Study Highlights How Mobile Reading Works for Girls

February 13, 2015 By

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We recently sat down with Ronda Zelezny-Green, a PhD student in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) at Royal Holloway, University of London, to discuss her recent study on Worldreader Mobile usage among a group of girls at a secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya. Her study examines the girls’ app usage in an effort … Continue Reading →

Introducing the Worldreader Book Club

December 22, 2014 By

I joined Worldreader earlier this year after seeing the books in our library. Getting kids in Ghana books FROM Ghana was something that I could not get behind enough. Sure it’s great to get books into the hands of kids, but it’s what’s in those books that is so monumentally important, and I should know: … 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 →

5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

October 26, 2014 By

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Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … Continue Reading →