Saturday, April 29 • 09:00 - 10:00
An Explosion of Languages and Versions of Early Literacy Content: Saide's African Storybook initiative, Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver & Book Dash

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Reading builds better brains, yet there is a dearth of high-quality early reading material globally. Challenges of affordability and access persist. Though it has been continually proven that children benefit hugely from reading stories about characters they recognise, in their home languages, relevant and appropriate storybooks just don’t exist. 

This session includes the incredible stories of collaboration from Saide’s African Storybook initiative, Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver and Book Dash and how they have created a large community of invested users to address the book scarcity in Africa and India.
Managing and maintaining this community is of tantamount importance for the success of our projects. Given the nature of an open organisation, fostering collaboration among these volunteers extends to our networks of partnered organisations and beneficiaries. 

Join us as we explore some of the successes that have led to the scaling of these initiatives to build large repositories of early reading material. The speakers will explore how they’ve built a community on the foundation of open-licensing. 

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Purvi Shah

Head: Digital Initiatives, Pratham Books, StoryWeaver
I lead all the Digital Projects at Pratham Books. In my 10 year long association with the organization I have handled various functions including branding, strategy and new initiatives. I have led Pratham Books’ foray into digital products. My current work focuses on managing... Read More →
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Tessa Welch

African Storybook Project Leader, Saide
Saide’s African Storybook initiative aims to address the shortage of contextually appropriate picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. Our digital open licence publishing model is providing a growing number of storybooks in a growing number of languages without... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00 EDT
SoCo Ballroom (section C)