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.
NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 / PRNewswire / -- In time for International Literacy Day, Sony DADC announced its partnership today with global nonprofit Library For All. Based in NYC, Library For All curates and distributes a customized cloud-based, digital library platform to children and adults living in developing countries where physical books are scarce but mobile devices are widespread. Library For All's digital library is filled with culturally relevant eBooks licensed or donated from local and international publishers.
"Library For All is a special program that is being piloted at one of our partner schools. The kids who are part of this program are in the restavèk system; they don’t have access to books at home, nor do they really have time to focus on school as they have chores to do all day long. Their situation has a negative impact on their learning. Based on our research in psychology and pedagogy, it is important for kids to be in a good social environment that promotes learning and familiarity with books. This is why we plan special sessions where we create this environment for them. Through these sessions, we have seen Djerry*’s marked progress in reading. "
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.
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.
Our partner Books for Asia, a program of the Asia Foundation, hosted an inspiring event last week at the HousingWorks Bookstore in New York City! Nearly a month ago, Books for Asia kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 for a digital reading pilot program in Cambodia. For the past few months, Library For All and Books for Asia have worked together to curate and digitize a collection of Khmer storybooks and educational materials for 5 schools and 2 mobile libraries throughout the country.
We’re proud to introduce you to the Library For All team in Port-au-Prince! Over the past few months, we have carefully hired a dynamic and diverse team of individuals to lead our effort in Haiti. This team is crucial Library For All’s day-to-day success in our 10 Haitian schools, and they will be responsible for helping us expand our reach across the country this year! Meet our all-star line up:
Since signing a Memorandum Of Understanding with NGO En Classe in 2014, we have been excited to partner with this small but effective community organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although we hadn’t originally planned to expand to the DRC as a priority, when we met with En Classe Founder Sylvia van den Brink in November 2013, we knew she would be an excellent partner.
During my recent three-week stay in Haiti, mainly in the capital of Port au Prince, I had an opportunity to really witness the spirit of the people. Donna Karan, a fashion designer who is very active in the artisan community of the country, said in the 2012 documentary Haiti Untold: “When I came to Haiti to see the spirit of the people… it was complete inspiration. I knew, at that point, that the answer for Haiti was in the people.” I could not agree more.