In a child's early years, it's particularly crucial that they develop the necessary reading skills to give them the best chance to succeed in school and beyond. Day-care centres, also known as Anganwadis, in India's impoverished communities, suffer from a severe lack of books. Worldreader is raising funds to bring a digital library of 500+ books via tablets as well as projectors to two Anganwadis. You can help bring stories and joy to these young children.
Currently, there are 1,349,091 Anganwadi centers or public day-cares in operation across India, including 10,897 in Delhi alone. For impoverished families, these centers function as both pre-school and day-care for their children. Unfortunately, India's public pre-school teachers aren't equipped with the proper tools and training needed to prepare the children to enter primary school. Without these resources, many Indian children risk falling permanently behind before the age of five.
By providing teachers with digital books as well as projectors, Worldreader will empower Anganwadi teachers to give children the education they need to adequately prepare them for primary school. These resources will give teachers the ability to bring story time to life as well as improve other lessons. Children will be given access to a wide variety of books in English and Hindi appropriate to their reading level, allowing them to build skills and achieve greater success in their education.
Investing in early childhood development can yield significant returns in improved health, literacy, and economic opportunities for children well into adulthood. Children who attend day-care centers stand the most to gain in terms of lifelong benefits. We anticipate improved early learning experiences for children, increased engagement of parents reading at home, and entire families and communities being uplifted as a result.