2014 e learning innovations conference world reader mwachi leap project results

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2014 e learning innovations conference world reader mwachi leap project results

  1. 1. Implementation and Scaling of e-Reading Programs in Africa: Lessons from Schools and Libraries July 30, 2014 Joan Mwachi joan@worldreader.org
  2. 2. Our Vision: A world where every child and her family have the books they need to improve their lives
  3. 3. Our Approach —We curate the world’s largest culturally relevant digital library, geared towards readers in developing countries —We make that library available on cost-effective and context- appropriate technologies —We partner with project implementers and the private sector to drive user adoption and remove barriers to access
  4. 4. We turn low end phones into portable libraries via Worldreader Mobile
  5. 5. Mobile Phones —6 of the world’s 7 billion people have access to mobile phones. —Worldreader Mobile is an application built for feature phones – and low end Android devices. These phones reach 2 billion people across the world. This distribution mechanism is particularly cost-efficient as it takes advantage of existing hardware that is already in people’s hands. So anyone can download our application and use it for free, and no hardware or money needs to change hands.
  6. 6. We distribute thousands of books to schools and libraries throughout Africa via e- readers countries in sub-Saharan Africa eaders deployed in 74 schools and 13 libraries
  7. 7. E-Readers People Reading – 241,052 Books Delivered- 1,172, 355 E-readers Deployed - 6659
  8. 8. Cost-effective Savings per school over 4 years Context- appropriate Low energy requirements Focus on reading and educational materials Designed for off-line reading
  9. 9. Mobile Phones 1.7 million books read
  10. 10. Children make 2x progress reading words correctly Girls outpace their peers in neighboring schools by 3 – 5x, closing a gender achievement gap. Source: iREAD 2 Midterm Study, 2013
  11. 11. Project LEAP Libraries, e-Reading, Activities, Partnership •Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation •8 Libraries in Western Kenya / 250 e-readers/ 50,000 African and international books
  12. 12. Lessons learned for Project Scaling
  13. 13. —Higher Student: E-reader ratio increases cost-effectiveness (and we have seen, anecdotally, leads to similar educational outcomes) —Teacher and community engagement is key —A solar solution is key for off-the-grid communities
  14. 14. Lessons learned for Project Scaling LEAP Baseline findings: 1. Librarians and patrons want access to a diverse and large collection of books AND access to technology. 2. Library users at all pilot sites tend to be school-aged, with patrons under 25 years old being more active users of the libraries than older adults. 3. Social interaction and public programs that engage patrons are vital program components for connecting with current patrons, and raising awareness about the library and e-reader program for non-patrons.
  15. 15. Lessons learned for Project Scaling 1."Mobile is key for getting books into peoples' hands” UNESCO report. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002274/22 7436E.pdf 2. "Program modifications needed for different contexts” (schools, refugee settlements and libraries). 3. "Content is key.” http://cdn.worldreader.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/05/Project-LEAP-Baseline-
  16. 16. Thank you joan@worldreader.or www.worldreader.or @worldreader

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