Ghana Stories

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 →

Worldreader Featured on United Nations TV

January 11, 2013 By

In the last few months, Worldreader made headlines in various newspapers, magazines and TV shows, and attracted interest from many other prominent international organizations. One of our favorite stories aired recently on the United Nations television network. Ghana: An Education Revolution was televised on UNTV: 21st Century, a news magazine program distributed to about 50 … Continue Reading →

Worldreader Gets Help From Logistics Leader DHL

October 25, 2012 By

By Fatos Berisha At Worldreader there are many stories. One before my time is called the “Blue Truck.” On the back of the blue truck were the first 400 Kindles we shipped to Ghana. Volunteers took shifts guarding the truck overnight. The customs clearing form described the boxes carrying 400 “Candles” instead of Kindles. When … 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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

February 6, 2012 By

We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Loving Our Volunteers

February 2, 2012 By

As a lean, nonprofit social enterprise, much of what we do is powered by the enthusiasm of our volunteers. Now and again, Worldreader shines a light on their initiative, shares their on-the-ground experience with our broader community, and gives them a big public hug. You may remember, Sara Rhyne, for instance. She won our video … Continue Reading →

Expanding our impact to new communities

November 17, 2011 By

Every day, Worldreader receives e-mails and inquiries from groups interested in implementing e-reader programs like ours. For sometime we have been working on a way to extend our reach and respond to these requests, because like us these groups understand that e-readers have the potential to utterly change the way the developing world reads. By … Continue Reading →

Sources of Inspiration

November 5, 2011 By

Stephen King says that when fans asked him where his ideas came from, he answers: “Utica. They come from Utica, New York.”  So here’s my version: “My ideas come from the dentist’s office.” A few weeks ago, I took my younger daughter to a new dentist.  She wasn’t a big fan, but what’re you gonna to … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Ellen Banda-Aaku

October 21, 2011 By

Sometimes, the book that sticks with you isn’t the happy book with a storied ending of love and laughter conquering all. Sometimes, the toughest stories make you fall in love with the power of the written word. It happened that way for Ellen Banda-Aaku, author of children’s book Wandi’s Little Voice and a new novel … Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →