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Apply Now: $900,000 for Early Reader Digital Books in Local Languages

By Wayan Vota on October 14, 2019

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Building on a child’s language foundation, literacy leads to better health, broadens employment opportunities, and creates safer and more stable societies. However, more than 387 million children are not expected to read or do basic math by the end of primary school. For the more than 93 million children with disabilities globally, learning outcomes are even lower.

In addition, there is a global shortage of ebooks available for those learning to read in many local languages and in accessible formats.

$900,000 Begin with Books Prize Competition

All Children Reading, in collaboration with the Global Book Alliance, launched the Begin with Books prize competition challenging innovators globally to assemble cost-effective packages of high quality, accessible digital books for beginning readers for each year of a child’s literacy development (including Pre-Primary, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2).

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The digital books should be early grade reading resources in more than 30 designated underserved languages (spoken and signed) that children and their communities use and understand in more than 15 countries. The Global Digital Library platform will facilitate translation and localization into to more than 300 languages and growing.

Funding is available across three tracks to award solutions in one or more of the eligible spoken and signed languages. One or multiple awards may be given in each track.

  • $300,000 for qualified African eBooks
  • $300,000 for quality Asia & the Pacific Island eBooks
  • $300,000 for Sign Language eBooks

Apply Now! Deadline is November 15, 2019

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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2 Comments to “Apply Now: $900,000 for Early Reader Digital Books in Local Languages”

  1. Daniel Ngeno says:

    I am interested in obtaining The Early Reader Digital books. Do I write a proposal and send it to ICT team? I am the CHAIRMAN of an ORPHANAGE HOME in Kericho – Londiani (Vulnerable children’s) and their Basic School that also serves children from a surrounding community of 10,000 people and around them are other public and private institutions that deserve those books.

  2. Sarapia says:

    Iam interested in obtaining Digital books