E-READER – KINDLE PROGRAM
In May, 2013 The Rosemary Pencil Foundation launched the first e-reader initiative in Malawi. Thanks to the generosity of a single donor, we were able to partner with San Francisco-based Worldreader and provide Namalomba Community School in southern Malawi with 60 e-readers.
Students who attend secondary school in these rural areas of Malawi and Zimbabwe have an extremely limited access to books. Digital technology lowers the costs and simplifies the delivery of books to our students, most of whom rarely get the opportunity to read any book that is not part of the curriculum. Worldreader is working on getting as much of the Malawi curriculum as possible digitized and on to the devices.
We are grateful to one generous donor who continues to support the e-reader program and has made it part of his mission to invest in education and opportunites for our students.
We conducted an informal survey among the students and teachers to see what they enjoyed most about the devices. The consensus was that having additional books to read for pleasure was a bonus as well as being able to study on the Kindle in their own time.
Students who attend secondary school are among the most fortunate in the developing world, yet their limited access to books and necessary educational tools makes it difficult for them to reach their full potential. Digital technology lowers the costs and simplifies the delivery of books to our students most of whom rarely get the opportunity to read any book that is not part of the curriculum. Thanks to our donors generous gifts we will continue to invest in education and opportunity for our students.
We have a scholarship available to train a former student who wants to become a teacher. This initiative serves two purposes: it is an important incentive for our students wishing to become teachers to excel academically and apply for the scholarship while helping to alleviate Malawi’s desperate shortage of good teachers.