May 24, 2022

Library For All Breaks Down Barriers To Knowledge In Developing World

From a Knight Foundation Blog Post by Katherine Stephans:

Two hundred fifty million children in developing countries are not learning to read and write, despite being enrolled in school. At Library For All, we envision a world where everyone has equal access to knowledge. There is a critical need for relevant, language-appropriate educational materials in developing countries, but the cost of building physical libraries is extraordinarily high.

In March 2012, our co-founders Rebecca McDonald and Tanyella Evans built Library For All [a 2015 Knight News Challenge on Libraries winner], a cloud-based, digital library platform as a solution to the knowledge gap. Our “library” is curated to offer quality ebooks in local languages for our program countries. The platform operates on devices that already exist in the developing world, such as low-cost mobile phones, tablets and computers. Recognizing that mobile phone networks are widespread but still growing, the platform is designed for low-bandwidth environments and can even be used offline.

Learn More: Read the Complete Knight Foundation Blog Post

See Also: Learn More About the Content Library For All Makes Available, Review List of Content Providers

Rwanda: Imbuto Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies launched Library For All Mobile App for Android (July 2015)

More About the Launch: Imbuto, Bloomberg launch ‘Library For All’ App (via New Times)

Interview with Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder of Library For All

2013 TEDxBrisbane Talk by Rebecca McDonald, Co-Founder of Library For All

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