Our work in West Africa
Join us as we leverage digital technology in
classrooms and homes to improve educational
system performance in the region.
West Africa is one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies and has made major progress in the attainment and consolidation of growth. What’s more, significant progress has been made in poverty reduction. West Africa has tremendous resources including human, agricultural, and minerals. Yet the region is plagued by political instability, insecurity, poor governance, corruption, youth unemployment, high population growth, environmental degradation, disease, and extreme poverty.
Ghana serves as the regional hub for Worldreader’s projects. In fact, Ghana is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the Millenium Development Goal 1, which is the target of halving extreme poverty. Despite being endowed with a good education system and efficient civil service, Ghana fell victim to corruption and mismanagement soon after independence in 1957, and this canker continues to affect its gains over the years.
To reverse this trend, Worldreader and other non-governmental organizations are supporting the government’s efforts to invest in education for the socio-economic development of the region.
In the coming years, we will continue our efforts to improve educational system performance in the region – to do this we will focus on addressing issues of quality, equity, and efficiency.
We will continue to leverage the opportunities for digital technology use in classrooms and homes. We will also leverage mobile phones to scale e-reading programs into more schools and libraries. Worldreader will target children (4-8years) at the early grades, adolescents (9-14 years and youth (15-24 years).
By 2023, our goal is to implement e-reading programs in over 500 schools and libraries throughout West Africa, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students and their families.
We also plan to reach and engage more parents and caregivers via their mobile phones so they can read to their younger children and we aim to add 120,000 additional monthly users by 2022.
Worldreader West Africa will use a partner first approach, where it will formalize partnerships with national governments, UN agencies, Ministries of Education, Strategic funding partners, NGOs, public and private schools, corporates, foundations, and local communities to achieve the vision of a world where everyone can be a reader.
We welcome you to partner with us to bring digital books to children and youth across West Africa!
In partnership with the Municipal Education Office (MEO) of Kwaebibirem in Ghana’s Eastern Region, Worldreader launched the Ghana District Scale (GDS) project to deliver digital reading to all 90 public primary schools within the Kwaebibirem municipality. The aim of this project: to build a model that demonstrates how digital reading in schools can be scaled nationwide through creating systems-level change starting at the district level.
Worldreader launched the Local Content for African Libraries (LOCAL) project to bring local language books to libraries and ensure that more children can learn in their mother-tongue language so that none are left behind. As part of the project Worldreader worked with publishers in Ghana, Uganda, and Zambia to acquire high-quality local language books for children ages 12 and under. Worldreader worked with 9 libraries in 3 regions to provide hardware, and training to librarians so they can distribute this content in the most impactful way.
We work with the highest quality of local and international
publishing partners to bring the right books to our readers.
Together, with our partners, we’re able to
reach more and more readers every day.
Worldreader is seeking partners looking to scale their impact in West Africa.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate as we help
strengthen communities through digital reading.