Partnership to send ebooks to Africa
DEVELOPMENT| July 16, 2013, 8:33 a.m.
Books For Africa, a leading non-profit shipper of books, and Worldreader, a leading non-profit empowering the world's poorest people with e-readers and digital content, have formed a unique partnership to send both e-books and e-readers to schools and students across Africa in the coming months.
The partnership draws on the strengths of Books For Africa's distribution network across the continent and Worldreader's strength as the leading social enterprise providing digital content and e-readers for schools in Africa.
"It is truly a collaboration that that will allow both organizations to continue doing what they do best and, in working together, increase educational opportunities across the African continent," said Patrick Plonski, executive director of the St. Paul-based Books For Africa (BFA).
"Once we put an e-reader in a child's hand, she is able to download new and relevant information with a touch of a button. Now, children and families are empowered with a digital library which holds thousands of relevant books and never closes. We're thrilled to partner with Books For Africa so that more people can change the world around them," said David Risher, CEO and Co- Founder of Worldreader.
The first order of 50 e-readers under this partnership has been secured by Books For Africa's strategic partner, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, for a shipment to Nigeria in the near future to assess the usability of this technology in Nigeria and acrossAfrica and to serve as a model for future shipments.
Books For Africa, based in St. Paul and founded in 1988 by Tom Warth, has a simple goal: to end the book famine in Africa. Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to Africa, shipping over 28 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. https://www.booksforafrica.org/
Worldreader, a global organization headquartered in San Francisco, has as its mission to make digital books available to children and their families in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. As of May 2013, Worldreader has put over 609,000 e-books—and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them —into the hands of 13,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.worldreader.org/
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Huawei in school tablet donationHuawei has donated 30 tablets to Moshupa Senior Secondary School in Botswana. Read More
Networks Unlimited continues to give backCommemorating Nelson Mandela Day, Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor, donated blankets to the South African Family Relief Project (SAFRP). Read More
Bocodol Strategy 2020 to advance technology uptakeThe new 2016 to 2020 Botswana College of Distance and open Learning Strategic Plan is a testament of the institution’s move towards an embedded e-learning regime. Read More
Equity of trust essential for improving productivity – Tigo Barcamp 2016Ghana’s digital lifestyle brand, Tigo, has urged young entrepreneurs and graduates to establish trust in their profession in order to boost productivity. Read More
Entrepreneurship programme targets 5,000 studentsEnactus Kenya, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship among youth, aims to empower 5,000 students in Kenya with business leadership skills. Read More
Ericsson Networked Society City Index 2016 measures ICT maturity in Johannesburg and LagosAlthough starting at a low level, Johannesburg and Lagos are progressing in all ICT dimensions of the Ericsson Networked Society City Index. Read More
Etisalat: Manpower development vital to sustaining telecoms revolution gainsEtisalat says continuous development of indigenous skilled manpower is central to the sustainable growth of the telecoms industry. Read More
Networks Unlimited provides learnerships to 100 ICT studentsOne hundred technical students are set to graduate from an immersive, 12-month learnership programme within Networks Unlimited, with the skills, experience and certifications needed to kick-start their careers. Read More
MTN half-marathon raises funds for ICT in educationMTN’s third edition of the annual MTN 21km half-marathon has been growing steadily since inception and this year the race has boasted just over 6100 participants. Read More
IFC, CGAP, SECO to launch Ghana Digital Financial Services InitiativeThe International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland, SECO, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, CGAP, will be launching a US$5.6 million Ghana Digital Financial Services Initiative in Accra. Read More
FEATURED STORYFirst-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludes
Ten fintech companies have concluded the first-ever Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Africa.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHEthical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job
Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.
COMPANY NEWSThe Tech Revolution: Sage Sets out the Vision for African Businesses
Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software used its global Sage Summit 2016, held this week in Chicago, to outline its strong commitment to future technologies, ...