Updated Nov 18, 2020

Worldreader Mobile Reading Solutions

https://www.worldreader.org/our-work/technology/

David Risher

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Worldreader provides affordable mobile reading solutions that support communities, schools & partners in need of cost-effective, data-rich educational resources, aiming to create digital reading environments that help improve learning outcomes, work readiness and gender equity.

Worldreader puts thousands of culturally-relevant digital books directly in the hands of readers and partners. Worldreader’s programs aim to trigger wide-scale behaviour change with the goal of normalizing digital reading and support the learning needs of children, youth and families. From production through consumption, Worldreader drives the adoption of digital reading through strategic partn...
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Worldreader puts thousands of culturally-relevant digital books directly in the hands of readers and partners. Worldreader’s programs aim to trigger wide-scale behaviour change with the goal of normalizing digital reading and support the learning needs of children, youth and families. From production through consumption, Worldreader drives the adoption of digital reading through strategic partnerships with distributors, publishers and the international educational and development community. Worldreader offers a variety of digital reading products to meet the needs of its readers at any stage of life. The Worldreader app and BookSmart provide access to thousands of books in dozens of languages from 400+ local and global publishers distributed in multiple categories. Worldreader solutions are designed to function on any data-enabled feature phone, smartphone, or tablet, optimised for all connection speeds and allow online and offline reading. Worldreader’s library can be accessed through a web mobile browser or via Android. Worldreader human-centered designed front-end reading solutions are powered by two strategic back-end systems: (1) Libris, Worldreader’s exclusively built book and project management system that allows the creation and management of specific digital library projects that parents, caregivers, students and school administrators will be accessing; and (2) Worldreader Insights, a unique critical back-end platform system that captures real-time reading data.
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Worldreader works with partners to support vulnerable communities with digital reading solutions that help improve learning outcomes, workforce readiness and gender equity. The Worldreader App and the BookSmart solution have benefited more than 15 million readers, among children, youth and young adults.
Registered in United States, Ghana, India, Kenya, Spain and United Kingdom as Non-Profitin United States, Ghana, India, Kenya, Spain and United Kingdom as Non-Profit

Focus Areas:

Education, Basic Education, Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Basic Education, Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Literacy, Parent & Family Engagement, Teacher Development and Training and Data/AnalyticsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana, Uganda, Peru and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Ghana, Uganda, Peru, India and United StatesSEE LESS

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Key Partners
5
Countries Implemented In
150,000
Customers
57
Employees
$30,000,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

+250 million children around the world will not reach their cognitive milestones by the age of five. In LMICs, 53% of children cannot understand a simple story by the end of primary school. 750 million youth & adults cannot read and write, excluding them from participation in communities and societies. Multiple factors contribute to this crisis but lack of access to high-quality textbooks and supplementary reading materials in local languages are key elements behind this global learning crisis.

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Solution

Worldreader puts a rich library of culturally-relevant digital books directly in the hands of readers and partners. Mobile technology can provide quality digital books in places where physical books have failed to reach and influence reading behaviours in places struggling to promote a reading culture. Worldreader digital reading solutions capture real-time reading data providing metrics and data dashboards which enable powerful insights through the analysis of user engagement and content usage.

Target Beneficiaries

Worldreader helps children and youth improve their reading skills and expand their reading habits, the building blocks of learning. Worldreader supports parents, caregivers and pre-primary teachers to engage in regular reading, storytelling and story-play activities. Primary age children benefit with reading comprehension and fluency, while adolescents and youth foster their 21st-century skills. Educational partners benefit from programme support and data insights across East & West Africa, MENA, South Asia and Latin America.

Mission and Vision

Readers build a better world. Worldreader works globally with partners to support vulnerable and underserved communities with digital reading solutions that help improve learning outcomes, workforce readiness, and gender equity. Digital reading has the power to reach millions and support the global community in accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Competitive Advantage

Worldreader’s digital reading solutions, built on human-centered design principles, offer a scalable cost-effective way of addressing the growing learning crisis. Worldreader solutions are designed to ensure universal compatibility and function on any data-enabled feature phone, smartphone or tablet, and can be accessed as web or Android apps, allowing offline reading and using up to 90% less data than a traditional app. The locally and culturally-relevant library increases the reading of children and families, as people engage best with books that reflect their lives and identities. In-app messages and campaigns encourage reading behaviours and habit formation. Worldreader’s backend systems generate evidence on reading behaviours that physical books cannot. Using large data models, Worldreader monitors time spent reading, titles read, and supports deeper periods of reading. The low-cost and flexible subscription-based models for partners make solutions highly competitive at scale.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Upcoming features will include individual tracking and learning plans for teacher and parental engagement, along with new language collections, enhanced data-analysis, in-app formative reading assessment tools and accessibility features, such as text to speech. With a partnership-first approach, Worldreader aspires to impact 25 million readers and distribute more than 100 million books by 2025, with rapid expansion across current geographies and in fragile, conflict and crisis settings.
Funding Goal5,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted25,000,000
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, United States, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan
Recruit2 data analysts, 4 business development managers, 4 success managers
New FeatureWorldreader searches the development of a non-disruptive automated reading assessment feature, as more a reliable than in-person and cost-effective assessment for the international education community.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Worldreader has teams in East & West Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. 58% of its staff members are women. The Executive team, with three out of five women, offers extensive experience in driving educational innovation and technological transformation programs. Worldreader is led by its CEO and co-founder, David Risher, a former General Manager at Microsoft and an early-stage executive at Amazon.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Nov 2020
New Country Implemented In
United States
Oct 2020
Key Partnership
Implementation
Sep 2020
In The News
ORGANIZATIONMinistry of Education of Peru
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