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WORLDREADER ORG

 

Seattle, WA

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WORLDREADER ORG

Physical Address:
Seattle, WA 98121 
EIN:
27-2092468
Web URL:
www.worldreader.org
Blog URL:
blog.worldreader.org
Leadership:
David Risher
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Fiscal Year Starting: Jan 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: Dec 31, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $3,699,126
Expenses
Total Expenses $2,813,828

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Basic Organization Information

WORLDREADER ORG

Physical Address:
Seattle, WA 98121 
EIN:
27-2092468
Web URL:
www.worldreader.org 
Blog URL:
blog.worldreader.org 
NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions 
B19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. 
B Educational Institutions 
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations 
Ruling Year:
2010 
How This Organization Is Funded:
Donations by individuals - $678,832
Government-funded grants - $319,485
Foundation and corporate grants - $207,920

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Mission Statement

Worldreader is an international NGO with a US office in San Francisco, a European office in Barcelona, a Ghanaian office in Accra, and a Kenyan office in Kisumu. Our mission is to make digital books available to the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. We use mobile technology to cheaply and easily deliver thousands of local and international digital books to mobile phones and e-readers, providing children and families what may be their only access to textbooks, reference books, and storybooks.

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Leadership (GuideStar ExchangeThe GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more. October, 2013)

David Risher

Term:

Since Mar 2010

Profile:

As Worldreader’s CEO, David is a lifelong reader who knows that books have the power to change lives, just as they have changed his. He has been at the forefront of technology for more than two decades, first as a general manager at Microsoft and later as Amazon.com’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Marketing, responsible for growing the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales. David has also taught at the University of Washington’s Business School where he was elected Professor of the Year. He has served as president of the Board of the Benjamin Franklin International School, and is a member of ESADE Business School’s International Advisory Board and the International Advisory Board of Catalonia. David has a comparative literature degree from Princeton University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. In 2011, he was named a Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur.

Leadership Statement:

https://edutechdebate.org/reading-skills-in-primary-schools/worldreader-is-leading-a-reading-revolution-in-the-developing-world/



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Program: Worldreader Mobile (Worldeader-enabled Cellular Phones)

Budget:
$0
Category:
International
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Cellular phones are almost ubiquitous in most markets across the developing world. Although the developed world enjoys 3G networks and high-end smartphones, 6 billion people in the developing world have basic, “feature phones” and at best, 2G connectivity. Worldreader’s partner biNu has a patented technology that effectively delivers a “smart phone” experience over 2G networks to these basic feature phone users. Using extreme data compression and cloud-based processing, people with inexpensive feature phones can now read books and stories from Worldreader, as well as search on Google, share on Facebook and access the Internet, all with 'smart-phone-like' speed and minimal data costs.

Program Long-Term Success:

* Worldreader will reach 10 million downloads by the end of 2013 * Worldreader is continuing to expand its Mobile library of digital content so as to meet the needs of children, adults, teachers, and caregivers

Program Short-Term Success:

* Worldreader is creating widespread access to the world’s knowledge in the developing world * Worldreader's Mobile Application has been downloaded on 2.6 million mobile phones in over 60 countries * Users have access to a library of over 15,000 digital books including best in class North American, European, and African textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials. * The Worldreader Mobile library is continuing to grow. * Increased reading * Worldreader averages nearly 500,000 monthly active users * Our users read an average of 24 million pages each month

Program Success Monitored by:

* Surveys and Interviews with active users conducted in partnership with UNESCO and Nokia * User data on number of books searched and read, time spent reading, pages read, menu clicks, and most popular books

Program Success Examples:

Teachers, students, caregivers, and others around the world are using Worldreader Mobile to access books for leisure and educational purposes. Worldreader Mobile is increasing reading in developing regions, providing communities with what in many cases is their only access to books. In our ever-expanding library, Worldreader features pertinent and potentially life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other important health issues.

Program: Worldreader-enabled E-readers

Budget:
$0
Category:
International
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Program Description:

With the active collaboration of our partners, Worldreader acquires e-readers, protective covers, weather-resistant jackets, battery-powered book lights, and cables from their respective makers (either as gifts in-kind or at substantially below-retail prices), pre-loads the e-readers with hundreds of digital books from the many thousands of books we have sourced from publishers around the world, and ships the resultant “Worldreader Kit” to countries in the developing world.

Program Long-Term Success:

Multiple externally published research studies have demonstrated that our e-readers have a clear impact on education, with: * Increased reading levels - children spend up to 50% more time reading (some reading >100 books/year) * Improved English language literacy skills as measured by standardized tests * Increased overall academic performance * Increased school enrollment rates * Decreased student dropout rates * Increased teacher satisfaction and retention * Increased capacity to use technology among students and teachers * Increased organizational, community, and government buy-in on the value of e-readers iREAD iREAD is Worldreader’s first and longest running e-reader project/ pilot study and has been in operation since October 2010. This external evaluation was sponsored by USAID, and led by an independent M&E firm, ILC Africa. It demonstrates: * Increased access to books * Increased enthusiasm towards reading * Increased resources for teachers * Increased technological skills * Increased performance on standardized scores at the primary level In addition, testing on primary school students revealed that for girls, one year of participation in the Worldreader program was equivalent to five years of regular schooling, and for boys, the effect was 2.5X the improvement over their peers, compared to control schools. (Based on iREAD Ghana, USAID 2010/11, West African Examination Council’s English Subject Test). iREAD 2 iREAD 2 (2013) is a replicated study of iREAD that targets a younger demographic: primary school students in grades 1-3. The independent evaluation was sponsored by USAID, World Vision, and Australian Aid. This study has demonstrated: * Significant improvements in first language oral reading fluency: Students with access to Worldreader programs learned to read, on average, 5.3 words per minute faster in Twi (most students’ mother tongue) than students in control schools * A narrowing of the gender gap: Girls and boys in Worldreader’s programs improved the same amount on oral reading fluency in Twi, whereas girls in control schools improved only half as much as boys. Put another way, for girls, less than six months in Worldreader’s program is equivalent to a year in regular school * Important gains in foundational English reading skills: Worldreader students improved over 50 percent more than students in the control schools on the most basic English reading skills PRIMR PRIMR is an ICT randomized study sponsored by USAID and implemented by RTI International in 2013. Worldreader is participating in this study to assess the effectiveness of e-readers within the Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) program in Kisumu, Kenya.This study has demonstrated: * Worldreader student gains in English and Kiswahili oral and reading fluency are double that of the control group

Program Short-Term Success:

iREAD (2010 external evaluation sponsored by USAID and led by ILC Africa) * Increased access to books and educational resources: 550 e-readers used by 400 students and teachers. * Increased enthusiasm towards reading iREAD 2 (2013 internal evaluation sponsored by USAID, World Vision, and Australian Aid) * Increased access to books and educational resources: 800 e-readers used by 620 students and teachers. PRIMR (2013 external evaluation sponsored by USAID and led by RTI International. * Increased access to books and educational resources: 1,050 e-readers used by 1,000 students and teachers. * Each child completed 8.8 books over a period of 1½ months * 70% of students attend 9 or more days of free reading on any given month

Program Success Monitored by:

We gauge the impact of our many projects through internal and third-party evaluations. To read full research reports on our impact, visit: www.worldreader.org/learnings/

Program Success Examples:

Over 12,000 children and families in 9 African countries have been provided with nearly 750,000 digital books. Our monitoring and evaluation research demonstrates that these children read more, read better, and are helping to create a culture of reading in their communities. For girls, the impact from our e-reader programs is even more pronounced. As we know from global research, education will positively affect life outcomes. An educated girl tends to marry later (Ozier 2010), have healthier children (Alvarez 2003), survive childbirth at higher rates (McAlister and Baskett 2006), and have smaller families (Schultz 2002). The children she does have will be better educated in turn. She will experience reduced incidences of HIV/AIDS (Hargreaves et al. 2008), earn more (Psacharopoulos and Patrinos 2004), live in societies with higher national rates of economic growth, and assume a more active role in social, economic and political decision-making throughout her life.

Program: Worldreader Kits

Budget:
$0
Category:
International
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Program Description:

Worldreader Kits are used by over 25 partner organizations, from small startups to large NGOs, who collaborate with Worldreader to create an instant “library that never closes”. Worldreader Kits are in use in multiple communities in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; soon to launch in Ethiopia and with further expansion scheduled in 2013/14.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Worldreader Kit program is Worldreader's way of allowing outside organizations or individuals to bring the benefits of the Worldreader e-reader program to their community, in a turn-key fashion. Worldreader Kits are suitable for deployment anywhere in the developing world where English is the language of instruction. Worldreader gauges it’s long-term success for our Kit partners based on similar criteria as our basic e-reader programs (See E-Reader Programs). Long-term we look for: * Increased reading levels * Increased enrollment * Increased attendance; Decreased drop-out rates * Improved English language literacy skills as measured by standardized tests * Increased overall academic performance * Building a culture of reading in schools and communities * Increased organizational, community, and government buy-in on the value of e-readers

Program Short-Term Success:

Worldreader gauges it’s short-term success for our Kit partners based on similar criteria as our basic e-reader programs (See E-Reader Programs). In the short-term we look for: * Increased access to books * Increased access to programs that promote reading * Increased enthusiasm for reading, and learning * Increased capacity to use technology among students and teachers * Higher ambitions among students * Increased teacher satisfaction and retention

Program Success Monitored by:

* Quarterly Reports * Self-reporting by Project Managers * Site visits Worldreader is currently rolling out a new Monitoring and Evaluation framework to generate quantitative data on the impact and progress of Kits programs. Kits partners will be tracking indicators on number of books read by students, levels of books read, performance on reading assessments, and secondary school completion rates. This monitoring framework is being piloted in Kenya in 2013 and will be expanded to other projects in 2014.

Program Success Examples:

* Rapid adoption and scaling of the Worldreader Kits program, as created by demand from Worldreader’s community/school partners; Worldreader now has more than 40 Kit partners in nine countries, with additional deployments scheduled for 2013/14. * Continued expansion with existing partners * Community/school partners reporting: * Increased access to books * Increased access to programs that promote reading * Increased enrollment rates * Increased attendance; Decreased drop-out rates * Increased enthusiasm for reading, and learning * Increased capacity to use technology among students and teachers * Higher ambitions among students * Increased teacher satisfaction and retention

Program: Worldreader Publishing

Budget:
$0
Category:
International
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Worldreader engages with over 80 publishers and with individual authors in order to source digital textbooks, reference books, and storybooks to make them available to the children and adults in our programs. We source digital books from publishers in North America and Europe. In addition, we are also transforming publishing in the developing world by creating business relationships with local African authors and publishers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. We convert their English and native-language books to digital form, we then publish their digital books so that the publisher gains an income stream from the digital sale, and new works of African literature are made available to readers throughout the world. Half of the books we distribute are locally-sourced African textbooks and literature; half of the books are the best of North American and European works.

Program Long-Term Success:

As Worldreader’s publishing program matures, we expect the following long-term successes: * Continued expansion of Worldreader’s digital library to include more books, in more languages, across more levels with more variety of titles and reading materials; * Emergence as the leader for African digital content * Increased participation by local authors and publishers * Increased access to Worldreader’s library through more digital platforms

Program Short-Term Success:

In the short term, Worldreader has already demonstrated the following successes: * Expansion of Worldreader’s digital library to include thousands of books, in several African mother-tongue languages, with an emphasis on age-level appropriate instructional readers and age-appropriate content; our digital library now includes over 3,500 titles in 29 languages: 24 African languages, 4 European, and 1 Asian. * Participation among local authors and publishers: Worldreader currently partners with several prize winning African authors and over 30 educational and trade publishers, in order to digitize their books and publish them online, allowing them to gain an income stream from the digital sales of their works

Program Success Monitored by:

Worldreader internally evaluates the key indicators (listed above).

Program Success Examples:

* Worldreader’s digital library has grown to include over 3,500 storybooks, reference books, textbooks, and reading materials, in 29 languages for children, teachers, and adult readers * Worldreader has partnered with Translators without Borders and Big Bug Books to translate 30 existing leveled readers into 11 languages, bringing to our readers a combined total of 330 existing and new local language books (excluding textbooks)

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Worldreader has distributed nearly 750,000 digital books to e-readers through our Mobile Learning programs and we are continuing to expand rapidly throughout the world. Worldreader Mobile: Each month an average of nearly 500,000 unique users read nearly 28 million pages on mobile phones across over 60 countries. Worldreader E-reader: Our e-reader programs for schools has impacted 12,000 children and their families in nine African countries. Kits: Worldreader makes its e-reader solution available in a “turnkey fashion” to outside organizations that have funding, and an unmet need. A Worldreader Kit provides 50 e-readers and 50,000 digital books to any location in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldreader currently has 25 Kits in deployment across sub-Saharan Africa. Publishing: We have a core library of over 1,200 works of the best in European, North American, and African literature, and over 10,000 books available on the Worldreader Mobile App. We gauge the impact of our many projects through internal and third-party evaluations. Results from this research show an increase in access to books and educational resources, increased enthusiasm toward reading, and markedly improved performance on standardized testing. To read full research reports on our impact, visit: www.worldreader.org/learnings/
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