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The Glomo Awards: We Won!

February 24, 2016 By

worldreader and opera accept their award for best mobile app in education at the glomo awards

GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, or Glomo Awards, provide one of the world’s biggest stages for showcasing innovation and greatness in the mobile industry. The awards take place annually and winners are revealed during the Mobile World Congress. This year, the event saw more than 930 entrants – one of them being ours with our partner … Continue Reading →

MER Foundation Enabling Digital Reading in South Africa

January 7, 2016 By

Girls using their new e-readers in class in South Africa

Across South Africa too many children have never experienced the world through reading. This is because over 80% of students in South Africa do not have a library. The Matthew E. Russell Foundation (MER) is an NGO changing this reality. And one way they’re doing it is through digital libraries with the Worldreader BLUE Box … Continue Reading →

The Meffy Awards: We Won!

October 23, 2015 By

The Meffy Awards— some call them the Oscars of the mobile world. Held annually to honor successes and innovations in the mobile industry, the Meffy’s is an event that brings together influential mobile players from all over the world. This year, the awards attracted entries from over 30 countries, one of them being for Worldreader … Continue Reading →

From 5 Million to 1 Billion Mobile Readers

September 29, 2015 By

David Risher and Bill Clinton at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting

Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting we made an ambitious commitment. We pledged to bring digital books to 5 million people in three years. Instead, it took us only one. That’s an enormous achievement. It means that in just one year, millions of more people around the world are now able to … Continue Reading →

5 Million Mobile Readers with Opera

September 2, 2015 By

Today, Worldreader is celebrating a huge milestone on our path to bringing reading to everyone on the planet. We’ve partnered with Opera Software, and together, in just 5 months, we’ve reached 5 million mobile readers in Africa. Globally, this means that Worldreader has enabled over 6 million people in Asia, Africa and South America, to … Continue Reading →

Sarah Obama Library Goes Digital With Worldreader

June 15, 2015 By

President Barack Obama believes that every child has the right to education. He also believes that every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. That’s why in April 2015, President Obama launched a national program to help low-income kids access $250 million worth of … Continue Reading →

Girls Empowered By E-Books In One Of Africa’s Largest Slums

May 29, 2015 By

Since 2010, Worldreader launched 92 digital reading initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these projects have been launched in partnership with other nonprofits or organizations making a lasting change in their communities. One new digital reading initiative with the Kibera School for Girls (KSG), still has us reeling with excitement. Odede and his dream Kennedy … Continue Reading →

African Digital Reading Summits: a Success!

May 8, 2015 By

“Immerse Yourself In the Digital Era” was the driving theme of our Digital Reading Summits in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana last month. Collectively, 300 representatives from 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa convened to discuss the impact of digital reading and the opportunities it represents to readers everywhere. The participants spanned across the public, private, … Continue Reading →

Find us at CIES 2015!

March 10, 2015 By

  Worldreader is pleased to be at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual conference in Washington, D.C. from March 8 – 13, 2015. With the theme of “Ubuntu: Imagining A Humanist Education Globally,” preeminent academics and professionals will convene to deepen our understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and … Continue Reading →

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