AfLIA partners with Worldreader to take digital content in local languages to African children
AfLIA, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Worldreader to bring local language content to African children through public libraries. Worldreader is a renown digital publishing organization based in San Francisco, California, USA. A pilot project will be implemented in three African countries and aims at creating and availing titles on e-readers and other mobile electronic devices to children aged 0 to 12 years.
The project will be implemented with the involvement of publishers and authors as well as AfLIA’s public and national library service members and national library associations.
AfLIA and Worldreader recently met in San Francisco to work out the modalities of the implementation and agreed, among other things to ensure that digital content becomes embedded in the resources of public libraries across Africa. This will ensure access to large numbers of titles on one device.
The project comes at a time when AfLIA is about to launch its ‘Read Africa Read’ programme which aims at promoting Africans to make reading a habit throughout their life, in order to ensure life long learning.
AfLIA, World Reader and Global Libraries staff at a recent meeting in San Francisco