Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 6, 2013, 12:56 AM
Worldreader is a not-for-profit organization with one goal: to make books available to all in the developing world, with the help of e-reader and e-book technology.
Worldreader employs the mobile phone GSM network to instantaneously deliver thousands of local and international e-books onto lightweight, durable, low-power e-readers for children in sub-Saharan Africa… for less cost, less paper, and less fuel, with fewer logistical barriers.
In its first 26 months, Worldreader has reached 10,000 children with 500,000 e-books in six African countries. These children now read more, read better, and they're creating a culture of reading in their communities. We train teachers and students; work with e-reader manufacturers to provide devices; and collaborate with local and international publishers to obtain digitized content that isreading-level appropriate and culturally relevant.Worldreader expects to reach 1 million children across the world by 2015.
We gauge our impact by measuring the number of books read before and after deployment, by testing students' reading ability, and continuously evaluating our own ability to scale. Longer term, we look for increased community involvement in reading, and ultimately increased literacy rates beyond UN-predicted levels.
In 2012, Worldreader shared the results of the largest external impact measurement: the USAID-funded report from ILC Africa, which studied the Worldreader iREAD program in Ghana. This study found: