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Worldreader nominated for 1 million-dollar grant



Worldreader, a US and European non-profit organization which makes digital books available to children in the developing world is in the running for a 1 million USD grant to allow it to put e-books in the hands of 10,000 more kids in 100 schools across Africa.  Worldreader has been chosen by JP Morgan as a finalist charity for the 1 million-dollar grant, to be announced at this year’s American Giving Awards.  A voting process has commenced for the public to select a deserving charity via Facebook (VOTE). Voting is open till December 4. As of October 2012, Worldreader  put has distributed over 229,000 digital books to children and teachers across four projects in three sub-Saharan African countries. The iREAD project launched in Ghana in November 2010 as the first pilot study involving the classroom use of e-readers in the developing world. Independent monitoring and evaluation, funded by USAID, has revealed that primary school students receiving e-readers as part of iREAD have shown marked improvement on their English test scores. Prior to iREAD, smaller trials were conducted in nearby Ayenyah, Ghana, where the project continues to make digital books available at the OrphanAid Africa community center. More recently,Worldreader has we partnered with two charitable organizations to bring it’s programs to Ntimigom School in Kilgoris, Kenya, and the HUMBLE School in Mukono, Uganda. If you would like to help the children in a developing-world community fall in love with reading, you can learn more about how to bring Worldreader to your classroom. Worldreader continues to explore new ways to bring books to all. It is currently testing an additional platform that will enable it to extend its impact even farther. With the Worldreader Book App for mobile phones, Worldreader digital books are now available on basic cellular phone.]]>

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