Happy World Teacher Day! At Library For All, we believe teachers are true champions of knowledge.As schools around the world become increasingly more equipped with ICT and devices, teachers have expressed the value of using our digital library in the classroom. Teachers at our partner schools believe that children must be exposed to an abundance of quality content – especially in their local language – to develop a lifelong love of reading.
CHELSEA, Manhattan — Some 250 million children worldwide lack access to books and basic education. In countries like Haiti, 85 percent of schools don't even have a library, but the nonprofit Library For All is changing the game."We exist to make knowledge accessible to all equally," co-founder Tanyella Evans said. "We believe that in the 21st century access to knowledge is a basic human right."
It's been nine months since the United Nations committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals"to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all." It's a 15 year window of opportunity to achieve these goals, but how do governments, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals like you and me accelerate impact in each of these areas?
For my team, our core focus is SDG 4: ensuring access to quality education for all.
This year at the Leaders for Literacy Day Conference, hosted by International Literacy Association (ILA), our CEO Rebecca McDonald will share her story about why Library For All exists to deliver quality, local books to children in developing countries via a cloud-based, digital library. Today, we are pressed to think about how to best support literacy champions across the world in order to improve learning outcomes.
On April 2nd, International Children’s Book Day, the world celebrates the extraordinary gift of adventure and imagination that stories bring to children’s lives. It’s a humbling reality though that many children in the developing world are not able to experience the joy of a bedtime story, or their favorite characters in an adventure series
THE SEVENTH WAVE: Who were some of the early influencers and supporters who helped LFA become something more than an idea?
ISABEL SHEINMAN: When I first met Rebecca McDonald and Tanyella Evans — the co-founders of Library For All —Library For All was still an idea. It was an idea that had huge potential — one that both Rebecca and Tanyella, their friends and families, and a number of advisors and volunteers had already put an entire year of time, energy, and thought into developing — but it was in need of a push to get it off the ground.
While we may come from different backgrounds and places, the fight for education has united many of us towards one common goal – every child deserves a quality education. While we all try to make small differences in our own ways, we would like to take a moment to appreciate the personal journeys of these inspiring education leaders, who have made significant contributions towards transforming the education landscape around the world. Check out their TED talks below!
5 years ago the UN launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals set out global targets that would stretch and challenge development work in a joint effort to reduce extreme poverty. Today many of those goals have been met, and some even superseded. More women survive childbirth. More communities have access to drinkable water. And more children are receiving a primary education...
Our team here at Library For All is made up of dreamers. A passionate bunch of people who believe in the possibility of a world with less poverty, less war and more equality. We hope that you will join us one day and together we can build a united world. Today, International Day of Peace, is yet another reminder for our team of the goal we’re all working towards...