10-year-old Agnes studies at Kade Roman Catholic Primary in Ghana. Agnus doesn’t have any books at home, but sometimes she’ll write down short stories from the e-readers and bring them home so she can read them again.
Richard Atuti is the Director of the Kenya National Library Service. He’s played a vital role in the success of the LEAP 2.0 project which brought digital reading to all 61 public libraries in Kenya.
In Kenya, it is often perceived as shameful to be studying at a late age. For 23-year-old Silvia who recently returned back to secondary school, books on her mobile phone mean that she can study in privacy.
Ahmad and his family
Ahmad, Wo’ood, and their four children, are Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Ahmad tells us that the conflict in Syria has been particularly hard on the children. He believes the books on his mobile phone can help.
Daniel has been a teacher at Magoso Primary School in Kenya for over 10 years. Most of the 493 students attending the school are orphans. Since receiving the e-readers, the students have increasingly started turning to reading for escape.
Lalita, a mother of two in Delhi, India, was forced to leave school at a young age and was married by the time she was 14 years old. Now, she reads to her daughters every night so they can have a better future.
Shivani and Rumana
Shivana and Rumana are two sisters from Delhi, India, aged 15 and 16 respectively. These two sisters use the Read to Kids app on their mobile phone to read stories to children in their community.
Pradeep is a father of 2 boys who now regularly reads to his sons using the Read to Kids app. Like many of the parents we have spoken to, Pradeep says it has been an essential source of growth for his children.
13-year-old Eliud received the highest exam grade not only in his school, but in the entire Vihiga county in Kenya. He accredits his success to the knowledge he gained from spending every day in the library reading the digital books on the e-readers.
18-year-old Edith from Navrongo, Ghana first heard about Worldreader mobile from a friend who volunteered with Worldreader. Ever since then, she has read over 200 stories on the app. Reading particularly matters to Edith because it will help her become a successful woman in the future.