The creation of more than 250 books in Tumbuka and Malawian Sign Language for free use on the Global Digital Library.
Open Books Malawi
Begin With Books
Reading Skill Targeted
Juárez & Associates, Malawi National Association of the Deaf (MANAD), Malawi Institute of Education (MIE)
In Malawi, the problem of access to high-quality, accessible books in local languages for pre-primary and primary grades is particularly acute: only 10 “narrative” story books exist in Tumbuka, a language spoken by more than 2 million people in northern Malawi. None of those books are in accessible formats; and no materials in Malawian Sign Language (MSL) exist at all.
The Big Idea
eKitabu will scale work begun in Kenya and Rwanda through ACR GCD’s Book Boost and Sign On For Literacy prizes to implement the Open Books Malawi initiative. The project will deliver a total of 270 books—220 in Tumbuka and 50 in Malawian Sign Language—to the GDL, which already houses more than 120 accessible African EPUBs digitized by eKitabu.
eKitabu's innovation that develops accessible early grade reading materials in Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) to support communication skills as a pathway to literacy for children who are deaf.
Blogs and Media
Research and Resources
ACR GCD Alumni featured in USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges Knowledge Product on Delivering MELACR GCD Alumni, eKitabu & Little Thinking Minds, are featured in this USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges Knowledge Product on how GCs measured impact and results
ACR GCD Alumni featured in USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges Knowledge Product on Taking Innovations to ScaleACR GCD alumi eKitabu is featured in this USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges Knowledge Product on how innovations have been supported to scale
ACR GCD Alumni, eKitabu, featured in USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges Case StudyACR GCD Alumni, eKitabu's grantee journey is one of four detailed Case Studies that demonstrates key learning about thematic priorities for the USAID Meta Evaluation of Grand Challenges
Literacy and Learning Without Limits: The Tools You Need to Ensure Children with Disabilities are Included in Your Reading ProgramsLearn about open source resources like book creation software, online libraries, books, reading assessments and more, developed by winners of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge.
Digital Story TimeInteractive videos featuring sign language storybooks and reading comprehension questions.
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