Take a pause and settle down to read some summer-y storybooks, picked especially for you by Shaoni Dasgupta from the StoryWeaver team.
छुट्टी where the holiday fun leaps out of the lines. (Available in 9 languages)
Let's Make Some Lime Juice! where whipping up lime juice looks fun and refreshing! (Available in 20 languages)
मुफ्त की कुल्फी where little girl Bhanwari waits for Kulfi Kaka's kulfi cart.(Available in 4 languages)
Lassi, Ice-cream or Falooda? where Meenu lists all the refreshing treats of summer around her! (Available in 11 languages)
Hashim Saves the Mangoes where Hashim ventures out to save the mangoes from rotting away. (Available in 25 languages)
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We are delighted to share that StoryWeaver has been selected by the Qatar Foundation’s flagship education initiative, WISE, as a finalist for the 2020 WISE Awards. Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative and impactful projects from around the world that are addressing today’s most pressing global educational challengEs.
The 15 WISE Awards finalists come from 10 countries and were selected from a pool of 625 submissions evaluated according to strict criteria. Selected projects needed to be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society in their context. They also needed to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.
StoryWeaver is working towards addressing the global book gap by providing open and free access to quality storybooks in multiple languages to promote reading acquisition among children. At the platform’s core, is a repository of high-quality, openly licensed, multilingual storybooks from Pratham Books and other reputed publishers. While the platform is digital, the books are available in multiple formats to overcome the issue of digital access and can be read online, offline, or downloaded and printed. StoryWeaver has also embedded simple tools on the platform that allow users to further translate and version the books for localized requirements.
The StoryWeaver Model: Working towards bridging the book gap
This has led to a massive increase of over 2200% in the availability of local language books. StoryWeaver was launched in 2015 with 800 storybooks in 24 languages. Today it provides access to more than 20,000 books in 238 languages, to readers from all around the world.
Supporting and scaling the creation of books for children in diverse languages (58% of the languages featured on the platform are indigenous)
Providing access to diverse and inclusive storybooks for children
Suzanne Singh, Chairperson of Pratham Books, says: "StoryWeaver's vision is to massively scale the creation and distribution of reading resources for children in mother tongue languages. Our endeavor is to address the global scarcity of books for children and arm every child with the power of knowledge and opportunity. By providing access to thousands of storybooks, the platform has enabled educators to make classrooms more engaging, libraries more diverse and most importantly, make learning fun for children. With StoryWeaver, we have opened up a new pathway to nurture a generation of readers.”
StoryWeaver has seen a huge global uptick in usage as a result of children being at home due to forced school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As education systems are adapting to remote learning as a solution during this time, StoryWeaver is providing open access to a large repository of quality content that is being used widely.
Empowering educators with curated, high-quality open access resources
Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, says: “Our world is experiencing a crisis that is affecting all facets of our lives. Education is no exception, and indeed the need for innovation is all the more urgent because of the systemic shortcomings that the crisis has exposed. In this context, the work celebrated by the WISE Awards is critically important. Each of the 2020 WISE Awards finalists has built an effective, tested solution to a global educational challenge. Whether ensuring access to fundamental early childhood education or imparting valuable entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, each project is already transforming lives, and provides an inspirational model for others to emulate. As we look forward to recognising this year’s WISE Awards winners it is imperative that policymakers and civil society leaders around the world seriously address the need to bring some of these innovations to scale.”
With users from over 150 countries, StoryWeaver is harnessing the power of open licences, collaboration, and technology to create a societal platform that is providing open access to thousands of books in local languages to nurture the next generation of readers and learners. This scale would not have been possible without the power of collaboration: Publishers who have open-licensed their content at scale. Linguists and translators who have created and translated content into new languages. Educators in every nook and corner of the world who have welcomed StoryWeaver into their classrooms and the hearts of their students.
We are grateful to our wonderful network for helping us share the joy of reading in hundreds of languages, and to WISE for this recognition.
Learn more about the 2020 WISE Awards and other finalists at http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awardscomments (3)
Launching StoryWeaver Marathi: An exciting new YouTube channel!
महाराष्ट्र्र दिनाचे निमित्त साधून, मराठीत गोष्टी वाचण्याचा आनंद स्टोरीविव्हरला तुमच्यापर्यंत पोचवायचा आहे. त्याचसाठी आहे हे नवीन यू ट्यूब चॅनेल, 'स्टोरीविव्हर मराठी'!
Illustration by Hitesh Sonar, for Black Hats White Hats written by Siddharth Mehta, published by Pratham Books
'रीडअलॉंग' म्हणजे सहवाचन हा उपक्रम मराठीत यशस्वीपणे राबवल्यानंतर आता यू ट्यूबवर घेऊन येत आहोत व्हिडीओ, म्हणजे दृक-श्राव्य गोष्टी.
व्यावसायिक कलाकारांनी सहज शैलीत या गोष्टीचं रंगतदार वाचन केलं आहे. त्याला मजेदार संगीताची जोडही दिलेली आहे त्यामुळे गोष्टी जिवंत होतात. शब्दाचा उच्चार झाला की तो लिखित शब्द उजळतो आणि त्या उच्चाराचं बोट धरून मुलांना तो शब्द निवेदकाबरोबर वाचणं, सोपं जातं. लिखित शब्द आणि त्याचा उच्चार असं एकत्रितपणे समोर आल्यानं मुलांना वाचनाची गोडी लागायला मदत होते.
अगदी लहान गटातल्या वाचकांना डोळ्यासमोर ठेवल्यानं, वाचन पातळी १ आणि २ अशाच गोष्टी यात आहेत. शिवाय व्हिडिओचा कालावधी ५ मिनिटांपेक्षा कमी ठेवल्यानं मुलांचं लक्ष चांगलं लागतं. पुन्हा पुन्हा येणारे विशिष्ट शब्द आणि आवाज, आकर्षक चित्रं, नाट्यमयता यांची मुलांना मजा वाटते. हे लक्षात ठेवून मोठ्यानं वाचायला मजा येईल अशा गोष्टीं निवडल्या आहेत. शिवाय 'स्टोरीविव्हर'वरील 'रीडअलॉंग'ची वैशिष्ट्ये जशीच्या तशी राखली आहेत.
यू ट्यूब वर 'स्टोरीविव्हर मराठी' याठिकाणी जाण्यासाठी इथे क्लिक करा.
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