Promoting literacy to children of developing countries is an incredibly important task. There is no substitute for education, and improving literacy is the cornerstone of that effort. The Worldreader organization has undertaken the promotion of literacy, and is using e-books with electronic readers as the vehicle to stimulate the desire to read in children of the world.
Worldreader has just completed a trial program in Ghana, where 20 Kindles donated by Amazon (s amzn) were distributed in a classroom to determine how effective they could be promoting literacy. The program was a smashing success, so much so Worldreader is rolling out a larger program later this year.
This work is quite impressive, and is worth following as the program gets going in earnest. The Kindle turns out to be an effective tool for such a program, given its long battery life and GSM connectivity. Worldreader is working with local organizations to digitize books for distribution to students in the program. Worldreader was founded by former Amazon executive David Risher.
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