200 million kids in Africa live in areas where access to books is non-existent or completely insufficient. Schools are overflowing, but 50% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few, or no books at all, and only 1 in 19 countries in Africa have enough books in schools (sources: World Bank, UNESCO). Imagine a grade school classroom with 100 kids, and only the teacher has a book. Worldreader uses low-cost, portable, durable, easily-charged ereaders to put thousands of books in the hands of kids.
Our mission is to provide 1 million kids in the developing world with the books they need by 2015. We use e-readers, loaded with thousands of local and international e-books, to provide children what may be their only access to textbooks, and storybooks. It's working: to-date, we have reached 3,000 kids with over 200,000 e-books, across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Those children now read more, read better, and are improving their communities. This project will reach 1 new classroom.
A dramatic increase in children's access to books: Students averaged owning 107 books each versus an average of only 3.6 books owned per student before e-readers Increased performance on standardized test scores: Reading scores of primary school students who received e-readers increased from +12.9% to +15.7% Increased enthusiasm towards reading: Students averaged 1 additional download per every 2 books provided Increased resources for teachers: Teachers reported efficiency improvement