At StoryWeaver, we believe that every child deserves to have joyful reading material in her mother tongue. To make this a reality, we have been building all-digital libraries in underserved languages through the 'Freedom to Read' campaign.
In November 2019, we opened applications for the 4th edition of Freedom to Read, inviting organisations and individuals to partner with us to achieve our goal: the co-creation of digital libraries in languages with few or no storybooks by February 21, 2020 - International Mother Language Day. Each of these free-to-use digital libraries will contain at least 50 quality-assured books - creating more storybooks, in more languages, that serve more children all over the world.
We are overwhelmed by the response to Freedom to Read 2020. A BIG thank you to the applicants - we are inspired by your work in the field of literacy and language.
Based on our guidelines, relevance of work, and a rigorous evaluation, we have selected 5 organisations and 18 individual Language Champions to collaborate with us to build and share digital libraries in 20 languages.
Here is the list of partners for Freedom to Read 2020:
|Amharic||Ras Abebe Aregay Library|
|Bodo, Nepali and Karbi||Pragyam Foundation|
|English-Surjapuri||Azad India Foundation|
|Fijian||Fijian Language Society|
|Target Language||Language Champion|
|Chhattisgarhi||Rohit Sharma, Er. Vivek Rathore, Charan Das Mahant|
|Basa Jawa (Javanese)||Theresia Alit, Sigit Apriyanto|
|Kochila Tharu||Sanjib Chaudhary|
|Rana Tharu||Kamal Singh Rana|
|Sindhi||Bhawana Dhameja P, Bharti Menghani|
|Tu'un savi||Francisco Amado Cruz Ramírez|
We shall be getting in touch with the selected partners to discuss the next steps.
We are so grateful to everyone who applied - thank you once again for your participation, interest and support! We shall do our best to reach out to you to explore alternate ways to collaborate.