Keep Children Reading – Global South
A distance-learning initiative to support vulnerable children across the Global South during the Covid-19 education crisis and beyond.
Worldreader’s Keep Children Reading initiative brings a free library of digital books to parents and caregivers via their mobile phones. This library enables children to continue learning from the safety of their homes while schools are disrupted.
As part of the initiative, we are:
Partnering with telecom providers in Ghana and South Africa to “zero-rate” Worldreader’s apps so that data fees don’t apply to reading our books
Working with the Peruvian government’s Ministry of Education as part of their “Aprendo En Casa” distance learning program
Collaborating with publishers to curate a new collection of digital books that have helped children avoid and cope with COVID-19
Since the global onset of Covid-19 in late March, we’ve helped thousands of students continue to read, develop essential skills, and build resilience.
The library always starts with a free base collection – 100+ great local and international books.
For partners who want to offer even more to children in schools or education programs, Worldreader is offering the premium solutions for Africa, MENA, LATAM, and India with hundreds of books, training, reading data and insights, and partner branding. Contact us to learn more.
BookSmart is our purpose-built app for children. Key features of the app include:
Stories are curated for children from birth through primary grades
Local language content
100s of books are available in English, Arabic, Hindi, and Spanish
Books can be saved for offline reading for those with limited data
Works on any phone
Even with feature phones, parents or caregivers can access books
Low data costs
The light app, optimized for all connection speeds, keeps data costs low
As of the beginning of October, over 600 million students remain out of school due to country-wide closures and disruptions caused by Covid-19. With each passing month, students experience greater learning loss. Worldreader’s Keep Children Reading initiative gives them a way to continue reading and learning.