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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 people are continually learning how to learn together.”

Worldreader is a learning organization. Our pilot project iREAD is our learning ground, where we continually learn from the experiences of those we are serving: the students and teachers. We extract best practices from iREAD that form the core of our implementation methodology, which involves operational infrastructure and efficiency and perhaps more importantly, capacity building and community engagement. (Stay tuned for our upcoming report in the learnings section, where we will describe the ten key components of a successful e-reader program.)

Worldreader Fellow Sofia leading the creative art project called “Caring for my Kindle”

From iREAD, the most important learning was that it’s working: our students are reading more and reading better, especially at the primary level. We’ve also learned that bringing Kindles to classrooms in Africa change dynamics in the classroom and at home. For example, children can now get educated outside of the classroom, and they can also read stories to their parents, grandparents, or siblings at home.

Ghana Operations Manager Joseph drops an egg to illustrate how to care for an e-reader

In that way and man