Library For All launches a digital library for children in Mongolia
This week, Library For All, our partner The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia, and Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science kicked off Let’s Read! Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. Together, we have curated a Mongolian Library – a collection of 200 books in Mongolian and English - for underprivileged children to access on Library For All’s digital library! This pilot builds upon the November 2015 launch of Let’s Read! Cambodia.
Today, our Library will be accessed and used by more than 90 teachers of Mongolian and English language, literature, ICT and librarians, and about 2,500 students, from Grades 5-9, in 6 schools. “These public secondary schools are in ger districts on the outskirts of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Half of Ulaanbaatar’s 1.5 million residents live in ger districts – residential zones occupied by rural migrants that lack access to basic public services like water, sewage systems, and central heating,” The Asia Foundation mentioned in a recent press release.
These pilots in Cambodia and Mongolia are our first entry point into Asia, with an aim to improve access to culturally relevant, language appropriate books for children in schools that lack quality resources. For each country, our developers worked hard to customize our platform to render local content digitally. Below is a snapshot of our Mongolian library!
The content providers for the Mongolian collection include Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; Mongolian language institute Talk Talk English; and U.S.-based publisher Hoopoe Books. On the ground, Books for Asia is providing teacher training, technical support, and Samsung tablet donations to the schools.
The launch was covered by 12 outlets in Mongolia - check out one article at this link!
Library For All is a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library for children in the developing world with limited access to educational materials. Since 2013, Library For All has delivered their digital library to communities in Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Mongolia.
Since 1954, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia has donated print books to thousands of needy educational institutions in 21 Asian countries each year. While print remains the most effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, mobile technology’s increasing affordability suggests e-book donations hold the promise of becoming a more cost-effective, scalable model.