New mobile pathways to children’s stories

"Mobile reading represents a promising, if still underutilized, pathway to text"

“Mobile reading represents a promising, if still underutilized, pathway to text”

In Sub Saharan Africa, progress has been made in pursuing the goal of universal Primary Education. However, the reading literacy levels of African children are far from adequate. A key obstacle to learning to read is the shortage of appropriate stories for early reading in languages familiar to the young African child.

UNESCO’s research has found that mobile reading represents a promising, if still underutilized, pathway to literacy for children. Mobile devices offer new opportunities to access text for literacy development. Especially in Sub Saharan Africa, where millions of people do not have access to text, but do own a mobile phone

While young children do not own phones, their parents or caregivers have the opportunity to use mobile phones to read books and stories. Together with the Goethe Institut and local librarians, we are going to explore how librarians can assist their patrons to confidently harness the power of their own mobile phones and use their devices to read stories to children.

2 thoughts on “New mobile pathways to children’s stories

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:36 am
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    Dear Derek,

    I came here from your recent follow of StoryWeaver on Twitter. I’m sure I’m going to be reading through your blog over the next few days. I’m the new community manager at StoryWeaver and I was wondering if you’ve visited the site: http://www.storyweaver.org.in
    It’s an open source, multilingual repository of children’s stories and the site is highly responsive, which makes it perfect for mobile reading! Would love to reach out to you and explore ways to collaborate? Do you have an email id we can contact you at?

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    • June 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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      I am very pleased to hear that StoryWeaver has appointed you as a community manager, thanks for reaching out to say Hi. I’d be interested to hear more about your job and how it is going. I have been visiting your site, and a whole lot of other Social Publishing reading sites like African Storybook and Vula Bula that have similar intentions and subscribe to creative commons principles. These are all fantastic initiatives, but need a community to use and promote them. So I would be very pleased to collaborate and share ideas.

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