Research

Monitoring and Evaluation: Keys to Improving Literacy in Africa

April 5, 2013 By

Worldreader’s large-scale projects always involve considerable monitoring and evaluation to examine how e-readers and access to digital books help children read more and read better. Our latest work in Ghana takes this effort even further. In 2010 when we launched our first pilot program, iREAD, we focused on providing access to required curriculum textbooks, supplementary … Continue Reading →

Engendering the Reading Culture

September 26, 2012 By

By Samuel Alomenu Creating an environment that fosters the reading habit and gives children an opportunity to explore the endless world of learning are prerequisites to developing a reading culture. That’s why we continued our summer reading program again this year. Since the students were going to have about 45 days off from school, we … Continue Reading →

Powering Reading, Empowering Lives

September 17, 2012 By

By Jessica Buster One of the first questions anyone encountering Worldreader’s projects for the first time asks is, “How do you recharge an e-reader in Africa?” There are a lot of different answers to this question, some of which have been mentioned on the blog before. The thing that makes these answers different is the … Continue Reading →

Worldreader Wins USAID Grand Challenge Award

September 7, 2012 By

  Great news! We got word today that we won the “All Children Reading: Grand Challenge for Development” Award. The grant, which will be for up to $300,000, allows us to build on our previous work in Ghana; provide additional books and educational materials in local Ghanaian language and English; expand after-school reading activities, and, of … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By

Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

Good News From Uganda on World Book Day

April 23, 2012 By

Today is World Book Day, and what better way to celebrate it than to receive news like this? Worldreader recently got a note from Bernard Opio, project manager at the HUMBLE United Methodist school. We’re thrilled to see that only a few weeks after our launch there so much reading is happening! “I was very happy on … Continue Reading →

People Reading More Digital Books on E-readers, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Surveys Find

April 5, 2012 By

By Michael Smith A few weeks ago, Pearson Foundation released survey results showing a growing love of digital reading among U.S. high school seniors and college students. The Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets draws three conclusions: • E-reading devices (tablets) are on a drastic rise among students; • Students believe that e-reading devices help them in school, … Continue Reading →

An Update from Ntimigom School

March 26, 2012 By

The last time I was at Ntimigom Primary and Nursery schools was a year ago. Since then, they have been featured on Al-Jazeera and CitizenTV Kenya, enrollment is up and absenteeism is down. Many students have transferred from other schools, and The Kilgoris Project has had to employ two new teachers to accommodate the now 400 … Continue Reading →