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Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India

by Worldreader
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Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India
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Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India
Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India
Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India
Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India
Help Aria Bring Digital Reading to Kids in India

Dear Supporter, 

Access to digital reading has never been more important; incorporating digital learning into education is now the norm and brings Worldreader new opportunities to make a difference for more children around the world. As of today, Worldreader has reached over 20 million readers in 76 countries across six global regions: East Africa, West Africa, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

Worldreader is working with local schools across India to train teachers on digital learning tools and is providing students with access to our free BookSmart app with hundreds of culturally-relevant digital books through our Read to Kids program. Read to Kids India is designed to promote emergent literacy and school readiness of pre-primary children and foundational literacy among early grade children in India. The program encourages parents, teachers, and caregivers to read aloud to their children by giving families and schools access to a digital library of books via their mobile phones and tablets.
The goals are two-fold. First, is a focus on behavior change: to raise awareness of the value of reading to young children, encourage a culture of reading at the household level, and get parents reading frequently to their children. Second, is a focus on teachers: to equip and build the capacity of teachers in order for them to leverage digital reading in preschool and early grade classrooms.
Please spread the word to your friends and families to help bring our digital reading program to an 11th Anganwadi. We are halfway there! 
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Access to digital reading has never been more important; incorporating digital learning into education is now the norm and brings Worldreader new opportunities to make a difference for more children around the world. As of January 1, 2022, Worldreader has reached 19 million readers in 76 countries across six global regions: East Africa, West Africa, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague India, Worldreader is working with local schools to train teachers on digital learning tools and is providing students with access to our free BookSmart app with hundreds of culturally-relevant digital books. Below are some of our specific activities to Keep Children Reading across India. Home Reading: Daycares and Schools are under COVID Closure as per the government directive.

The project activities were rapidly transitioned to home reading by parents, with teachers supporting them with Reading Activities daily. Global Keep Children Reading Campaign: Aligned with the global campaign, Keep Children Reading, the team initiated the response to get the information out to parents by leveraging pre-existing communication apps that schools use to stay in touch with parents. Audio Tips and Whatsapp creatives: In line with the school closures and the need for parents to play the teacher role at home, audio tips and WhatsApp creatives were shared in the groups to motivate parents to read daily with children and to get better equipped to read to their children at home.

BookSmart 14 Day Reading Challenge: A 14 day Global Reading Challenge was completed involving all the project schools and preschool students. This reading challenge includes books for children aged 3-8. After completing all 14 books, all the participants will receive a link to download their Booksmart Reading Challenge certificate. Thanks to your contributions, we are half way to our goal.

Please spread the word to your friends and families to help bring our digital reading program to an 11th Anganwadi!

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Access to digital reading has never been more important; incorporating digital learning into education is now the norm and brings Worldreader new opportunities to make a difference for more children around the world.

As of July 1, 2021, Worldreader has reached 18 million readers in 76 countries across six global regions: East Africa, West Africa, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the United States. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague India, Worldreader is working with local schools to train teachers on digital learning tools and is providing students with access to our free BookSmart app with hundreds of culturally-relevant digital books. Below are some of our specific activities to Keep Children Reading across India. 

  • Home Reading: Daycares and Schools are under COVID Closure as per the government directive. The project activities were rapidly transitioned to home reading by parents, with teachers supporting them with Reading Activities daily.
  • Global Keep Children Reading Campaign: Aligned with the global campaign, Keep Children Reading, the team initiated the response to get the information out to parents by leveraging pre-existing communication apps that schools use to stay in touch with parents.  
  • Audio Tips and Whatsapp creatives: In line with the school closures and the need for parents to play the teacher role at home, audio tips and WhatsApp creatives were shared in the groups to motivate parents to read daily with children and to get better equipped to read to their children at home.
  • BookSmart 14 Day Reading Challenge: A 14 day Global Reading Challenge was completed involving all the project schools and preschool students. This reading challenge includes books for children aged 3-8. After completing all 14 books, all the participants will receive a link to download their Booksmart Reading Challenge certificate.


Thanks to your contributions, we are 1/3 of the way to our goal. Please spread the word to your friends and families to help bring our digital reading program to an 11th Anganwadi! 

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As the school year started in July 2019, the Read to Kids was launched in the selected 6 schools and 4 daycare centers. All 12 teachers from pre-school to grade 2 and 4 Anganwadi workers attended a kickoff workshop and refresher training. Training for teachers on reading techniques included read-aloud, shared reading, and storytelling which was carried out with Worldreader Kids’ supplementary reading titles found on the app. Primary grade teachers were asked to integrate storytelling in their Hindi and English classes at least twice a week for 45 min and pre-school teachers and Anganwadi workers were encouraged to do so every day. 

 

Worldreder also partnered with National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), the largest Affordable Private Schools network in India, to formalize a plan to scale and sustain Read to Kids. The program was taken to the schools via a Beta Sales Drive in Oct to Dec 2019 and 34 schools were enrolled in the program during the reporting period. The implementation will be rolled out for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

As the COVID pandemic and the related home learning set in, Worldreader’s Read to Kids was one of the very few impact programs that was able to swiftly work with the school and education department administration to amplify the home reading side of the work where parents were supported by teachers to continue reading and learning at home. This was possible due to the digital nature of the program design and leveraging WhatsApp channels.

 

Covid Response

  • Transition to Home Reading: Daycares and Schools are under COVID Closure from 22nd March until post June as per Govt directive. The project activities were rapidly transitioned to Home Reading by Parents with Teachers supporting them with Reading Activities on a daily basis.
  • Global Keep Children Reading Campaign: Aligned with the global campaign, Keep Children Reading, the response was initiated with the SARD team to get the information out to Parents by leveraging pre-existing communication apps that schools use to stay in touch with parents.  
  • Audio Tips and Whatsapp creatives: In line with the school closures and the need for Parents to play Teachers at home, daily audio tips and WhatsApp creatives were shared in the groups to motivate parents to read daily with children and to get better equipped to read to their children at home.
  • BookSmart 14 Day Reading Challenge: A 14 day Global Reading Challenge is also being done involving all the project schools and AWC students. This reading challenge includes books for children aged 3-8. After completing all 14 books, all the participants will receive a link to download their Booksmart Reading Challenge certificate.

Thanks to your contributions, we are 1/3 of the way to our goal. Please spread the word to your friends and families to help bring our digital reading program to an 11th Anganwadi! 

Thank you for your support! 

Worldreader 

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Dear Supporters, 

Worldreader has been making great progress in India. Over the past year, Worldreader collaborated with local implementation partner Society for All-Around Development (SARD) to launch the program at 10 sites, including 6 primary schools and 4 anganwadis (preschools) in the 2019-2020 school year.

All 12 teachers from pre-school to grade 2 and 4 Anganwadi workers attended a kickoff workshop and refresher training. Training for teachers on reading techniques included read-aloud shared reading and storytelling which was carried out with Worldreader Kids’ supplementary reading titles found on the app. Primary grade teachers were asked to integrate storytelling in their Hindi and English classes at least twice a week for 45 min and preschools teachers and Anganwadi workers were encouraged to do so every day. 

Worldreder also partnered with National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), the largest Affordable Private Schools network in India, to formalize a plan to scale and sustain Read to Kids. The program was taken to the schools via a Beta Sales Drive in Oct to Dec 2019 and 34 schools were enrolled in the program during the reporting period. The implementation will be rolled out for the 2020-2021 school year.

The schools reported many promising outcomes, including an increase in enrollments, reduction in absenteeism, improved learning space ambiance, quality teaching-learning transactions on a daily basis, and enhanced community outreach (especially among mothers in the community).

As the COVID pandemic and the related home learning set in, Worldreader’s Read to Kids was one of the very few impact programs that was able to swiftly work with the school and education department administration to amplify the home reading side of the work where parents were supported by teachers to continue reading and learning at home. This was possible due to the digital nature of the program design and leveraging WhatsApp channels. Thanks to your contributions, we are 1/3 of the way to our goal. Please spread the word to your friends and families to help bring our digital reading program to an 11th Anganwadi! 

Thank you for your support! 

Worldreader 

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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Kevin Lauber
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