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  • DWF WP2 Botelho Literacybridge

    1. 1. Literacy, Locally Powered Development, and the Talking Book Project Fernando Botelho Director of Product Development Literacy Bridge http://literacybridge.org 1st Workshop on Low Cost Laptops/Devices, Sao Paulo June 5-6,2008
    2. 2. Literacy Bridge <ul><li>Empowering children and adults </li></ul><ul><li>with affordable tools </li></ul><ul><li> for knowledge sharing </li></ul><ul><li> and literacy learning </li></ul><ul><li>as an effective means towards advancing: </li></ul><ul><li> education , health , economic development , democracy , and human rights . </li></ul>
    3. 3. State of Global Literacy <ul><li>UNESCO current estimates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>774 million illiterate adults today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2/3 are women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>72 million children not in school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UNESCO projection for 2015: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still 684 million illiterate adults! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No improvement in gender equality! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three years after UN &quot;Literacy Decade” </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Problems <ul><li>Inadequate literacy resources : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Few resources and trained teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inequality of education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental illiteracy impacts children </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Problems <ul><li>Resulting limited access to knowledge: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Without literacy, knowledge distributed must be done in person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not scalable or cost effective! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But development knowledge already in country </li></ul></ul>
    6. 9. The Talking Book Project <ul><li>Imagine a $5 iPod, used to play locally created podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>speech, not music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hours of storage, not days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but still have podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>devicenet & kiosknet, not Internet </li></ul></ul>
    7. 10. Bonus Features <ul><li>Page-Based Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Device-to-Device Copy </li></ul><ul><li>Playback Speed Control </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Hyperlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>FM Radio Output </li></ul>
    8. 11. Content <ul><li>Development Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>audio notes left after NGO HIV/AIDS discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry of Agriculture advises on crop yields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training on starting village savings/loan program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training how to file domestic violence complaint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>participatory democracy for all citizens </li></ul></ul>
    9. 12. Content <ul><li>Literacy & Numeracy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>phonological awareness and phonics exercises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vocabulary and reading comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>family literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>visually impaired access to books </li></ul></ul>
    10. 13. Content Distribution Network <ul><li>Supplements device-to-device copying </li></ul><ul><li>Kiosks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>local discovery and distribution points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>links to larger network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>builds on existing informal public transportation systems (e.g. bus networks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and/or mobile phone networks </li></ul></ul>
    11. 19. Talking Book Principles <ul><li>Serve the Poorest of the Poor </li></ul><ul><li>Serve Children, Women , Men, Disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Address Root Cause and Resulting Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Design for Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>financial and environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design for Locally Powered Scalability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>content, implementation, and integration </li></ul></ul>Who What How
    12. 20. Financial Structure <ul><li>Literacy Bridge provides initial support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D, collaboration, and parts list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Device production and distribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>devices assembled in country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>distributed/sold via market vendors and NGO </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content distribution system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>creation of micro-businesses to operate kiosks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advertising, spotlight, and certification fees </li></ul></ul>
    13. 21. Deployment <ul><li>Starting in Ghana </li></ul><ul><ul><li>need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Ghana Experience and then Expand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>strengthen org with Ghanaians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>target new regions based on need, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>design for large and small scales </li></ul></ul>
    14. 22. Timeline <ul><li>2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Q3/4: requirements, specification, partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Q1: fundraising, software test, hardware dev </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q2: hardware prototype testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q3: pilot program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q4: First run of 100,000 units </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>expand in Ghana and into other countries </li></ul></ul>
    15. 23. Literacy Bridge http://literacybridge.org [email_address] [email_address] Thank You!

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