Stories by Colin McElwee

Collective Noun for a Group of Publishers?

June 27, 2011 By

As you may know we have spent much of the last 12 months building up our relationships with the local publishers in Ghana as we seek to ensure that local content is centre-stage on our offer of reading material to students and teachers in the iREAD pilot. These publishers have been the bedrock upon which … Continue Reading →

Visual Identity- much more than a logo

February 18, 2011 By

Worldreader is a relatively young organization; this time last year we didn’t even have a web site.  We have done a lot with the few but valuable resources we possess.  One of the resources that we have used intensively has been our visual identity (better known as our logo) which our friends at Rassak speedily … Continue Reading →

Motivated Teachers

November 15, 2010 By

Last Tuesday I got up at 4.30 am to travel to Kade, one of the locations chosen for the imminent launch of our iRead pilot. The early hour was needed because it is the only way to avoid the choking traffic (I am referring to the quality of traffic not only the clouds of fumes) … Continue Reading →

Books for All: Worldreader at TEDx Barcelona

July 14, 2010 By

Presenting in front of 600 people is always a stimulating experience.  Especially when that audience also happens to be at TEDx, you know your arguments are probably going to be scrutinized a little bit more than at your average get-together. Last week I was a presenting participant at the TEDx in Barcelona.  TEDx works because … Continue Reading →

Some good news for Publishers

June 29, 2010 By

I was in mid explanation mode last week in a meeting with a senior director of one of the largest publishing houses in the world, who also happens to be a well-known journalist. During the presentation of what worldreader.org is doing, he exclaimed,  “At last, at last. Some good news I can finally associate with … Continue Reading →

Donated paper books…. a good thing?

April 18, 2010 By

Donated paper books are fine. They are sent by well meaning people and received (after overcoming the logistical challenge of getting them there) with dignity and gratitude. They fill up bookshelves and give the impression of a well resourced educational institution. Schools in developing countries like them. Well…. actually not all schools like them. In … Continue Reading →

Football Results and Literacy

March 24, 2010 By

I was at the big football game in Accra on Sunday afternoon.  The Hearts of Oak from the capital were playing the All Stars from Wa in the north of Ghana, at the recently constructed state of the art national stadium. I asked my neighbour why, in such an impressive setting with a wonderful modern … Continue Reading →

Ghana: Technology and the Ides of March

March 15, 2010 By

Today we started in earnest the first ever trials of e-readers in schools in Africa, and it is already clear that the acutely economically poor and humble children here in Ayenyah, are as ready to absorb this new technology as the kids we have worked with in Europe.  And the reason is they are increasingly … Continue Reading →

The Community Steps Up

March 3, 2010 By

We always knew brining “books to all” was going to be a marathon and not a sprint but you could be forgiven for thinking it was the latter given the speed with which the kids and the teachers have taken to the e-reader. Both Susan and Zev have described the emotional heartbreak regarding the kids … Continue Reading →