Updated May 20, 2020
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Education, Basic Education, Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education and 4 MoreSEE ALL
Education, Basic Education, Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Literacy, Parent & Family Engagement, Teacher Development and Training and Data/AnalyticsSEE LESS
+250 million children will not reach their cognitive milestones by the age of five, falling permanently behind before entering a classroom. By the end of primary school, 53% of children in low and middle-income countries will not be able to read and understand a simple story. A lack of access to high-quality textbooks and supplementary reading materials in local languages, coupled with inadequate teaching approaches, are key elements behind this global learning crisis. COVID-19 will only exacerbate this problem.
BookSmart supports the distance learning and reading needs of students with full-color, culturally relevant and curriculum aligned books, available in multiple languages, with an embedded children’s English Dictionary. BookSmart provides a dashboard containing key data insights, like indicators of time spent reading and reading engagement, that can be used to enhance learning outcomes. The digital library can be curated to support instruction in a variety of settings, from classrooms to homes.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||500,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Bangladesh, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan|
|Recruit||2 data analysts, 4 business development managers, 4 success managers|
|New Feature||Worldreader searches the development of a non-disruptive automated reading assessment feature, as more a reliable than in-person and cost-effective assessment for the international education community.|
Worldreader has teams in East & West Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the USA. 58% of its staff members are women. The Executive team, with three out of five women, offers extensive experience in driving educational innovation and technological transformation programs. Worldreader is led by its CEO and co-founder, David Risher, a former General Manager at Microsoft and Senior Vice President at Amazon.com.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN