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Writers Take A Lead in the “Books For All” Mission

March 30, 2011 By

Something exciting has been happening at Worldreader: Authors have been getting really involved with our “Books For All” effort. As news of our work in Ghana spreads throughout publishing and writing communities, authors have been contacting us, asking how they can join us in our work and give our kids access to their books for … Continue Reading →

Win a Volunteer trip- part 2

March 28, 2011 By

Worldreader is doing something that’s never been done before- bringing electronic books into remote areas in Africa giving students, teachers and families access to the entire world’s library.   Last week, we announced a contest where you can win a trip to volunteer with us in Ghana. eDreams.com, our travel partner, is sponsoring this contest … Continue Reading →

iRead Challenges

March 23, 2011 By

By Joseph Botwey In December, Worldreader wrote about possible challenges of using e-reader technology in our iRead pilot– with 500 e-readers in Ghana.  We predicted many of them, and other unforseen ones have cropped up as well.  At Adeiso SHS, they had a delay in laying concrete onto the classroom’s dirt floor and the students … Continue Reading →

Win a volunteer trip to Ghana

March 21, 2011 By

For all of us at Worldreader, we share a feeling of before and after: what our world view was before traveling to Ghana and witnessing students’ and teachers’ reaction to having access to the entire world’s library of books.   And what our world view is like after; I can say from personal experience that … Continue Reading →

What’s on their e-readers?

February 21, 2011 By

As Director of Digital Publishing for Worldreader, I am constantly looking at what our students in Ghana are reading so I can try to get more of what interests them.  What I adore about this job is seeing how complex these childrens’ interests are–I like to imagine them sitting in their homes and exploring the … Continue Reading →

To Worldreader with love

February 7, 2011 By

Worldreader just received a packet of around 500 letters from the students in our iREAD pilot in Ghana.  They are mostly entitled “Me and my e-reader,” and they’re a joy to read.  Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we thought we’d share a little bit of the love… From Abigail Appiah (Kade SHS): When … Continue Reading →

E-reader pioneers: Ghana & Florida

January 24, 2011 By

I have been thinking about Clearwater, Florida a lot recently, which is a little odd, because I have never been there.  Yet, my interest might be explained by the fact that to date, Amazon is actively working with two pilot programs with Kindles in K-12 schools: in Clearwater, Florida and in Ghana with Worldreader.  So, … Continue Reading →

Kenya and iREAD news

January 18, 2011 By

We are having another pretty amazing week here at Worldreader!  Zev’s in Kenya, Colin is heading there today, and so far that trip has been very positive.  Zev is impressed with The Kilgoris Project, its mission, and impact on the community. The classrooms at Intimigon Nursery and Primary School are bright and there is a … Continue Reading →

Reading takes off

December 17, 2010 By

This week Worldreader.org made an exciting discovery.  Since we left 440 Kindles in the hands of students and teachers in Ghana just 2 weeks ago, we wondered how much reading was going to happen.  Each Kindle was pre-loaded with enough books to keep any motivated student reading for at least a month, so we were … Continue Reading →

The Girl in the Market

December 8, 2010 By

If someone asks you to go hand out 440 e-readers, you might think that after, say 100, it could start to feel mundane.  On the contrary, every single time we handed a student an e-reader, it was as if we were handing someone raw power.   One of my favorite moments was when Barbara asked a … Continue Reading →