740 million people worldwide can neither read nor write. According to UNESCO, 250 million children who go to primary school still struggle to learn the most basic skills
The primary problem is the limited availability of books – almost half of all schools in Africa have only a few old copies in their libraries or even none at all. This is mainly due to the above-average cost of printing. The goal of Worldreader is therefore to make digital books available to children and their families, free of charge.
For this reason, the organisation actively promotes the expansion of internet connections in developing countries, while also supporting mobile platforms and distributing free E-readers in schools and libraries. So that people without an internet connection can read books using a simple feature phone, the organisation has developed the Worldreader app. From simple read-aloud children's books to guidebooks and novels, all books can be downloaded free of charge. Currently a selection of over 27,000 titles in 43 different languages are available. In order to check the impact of their work, the organisation also carries out studies which evaluate the reading ability of their target groups. Results are regularly published on their website.