People Reading on Mobile Phones in Zambia: 14,011

People Reading on E-Readers in Zambia: 19,080

Book Languages Available: English, Afrikaans, Bemba, Chichewa, Lozi, Luvale, Zulu, ShonaShow More, Swahili, TongaHide (source: Ethnologue)

Zambia Population: 14 Million

Zambia GDP: $20.5 Billion

Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans, Aushi, Bemba, Bwile, Chichewa, Chokwe, GujaratiShow More, Ila, Kaonde, Khwe, Kuhane, Kunda, Lala-Bisa, Lamba, Lambya, Lenje, Lozi, Luchazi, Lunda, Luvale, Luyana, Mambwe-Lungu, Mashi, Mbowe, Mbukushu, Mbunda, Nkoya, Nsenga, Nyamwanga, Nyiha, Nyika, Zulu, Sala, Settla, Shona, Simaa, Soli, Swahili, Taabwa, Tonga, Totela, Tumbuka, Yao, YaumaHide (source: Ethnologue)

Adult Literacy Rate in Zambia: 63.4%

Learn about our e-reader programs in Zambia:

Dwankhozi Community School
Dwankhozi Community School

Location: Dwankhozi, Zambia

Sponsoring Organization: Dwankhozi Hope

Launch Date: June 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 600 students and 9 teachers

Number of devices: 66 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Pre-K to grade 9

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Since its beginnings, Dwankhozi Community School has expanded and now offers classes to children up to 9th grade. The program currently caters to roughly 600 children, many of whom are orphans whose parents were impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Due to economic hardships and extreme poverty in this region of Zambia, it is difficult for the school to provide on its own the necessary basic tools and textbooks required for providing a quality education.

Bwafwano Home-Based Care and Community School
Bwafwano Home- based Care and Community School

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Sponsoring Organization: Dreamweaver Foundation

Launch Date: November 2014

Approximate number of students: 650 students

Number of devices: 100 Kindle Paperwhites

Students’ grade level: Primary and Secondary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: Classroom

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Bwafwano Home- Based Care and Community School is a Community Based Organization (CBO) established in 1996 as response to the increasing number of HIV and AIDS, TB and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the Chipata catchment area, Lusaka District, Zambia. Since inception, Bwafwano has developed into a comprehensive multi-sectoral service organization providing quality care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and OVC in four provinces in Zambia. Beatrice Chola, a retired nurse founded Bwafwano (which means “helping one another”). This was a direct response to rising dropout rates among children infected and affected by AIDS. The situation was worsened by the apparent low priority for education for these vulnerable children. The founders firmly believe that education has the potential to expand opportunities for vulnerable children, allowing them to seek formal employment and lead more productive lives. Devices will be distributed to the four campuses so that all students have equal opportunities to learn reading.