By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
Worldreader, An American –European based Non profit making organisation recently administered a tech shot to a Bulawayo based school for the physically challenged pupils at King George School.
The event was officially launched by the Minister Of Sports Education and Culture ,Senator David Coltart.
Worldreader donated 50 e-books readers, these are Amazon kindle fire tablets, which have a capacity to carry 3 000 books and they came preloaded with hundreds of both local and international educational books.
Senator David Coltart commended the Worldreader for such generosity to a Zimbabwean school while providing a fundamental asset to the students.
“Worldreader has already provided more than 400 000 books world-wide so far and increased its presence in Africa, and we are glad that today they are in Bulawayo and these books will go a long mile in assisting our students”, said Coltart.
The minister also said it was imperative that we have a Reformation and review of our curriculum and align it with the latest tech developments world-wide.
While Speaking to TechnoMag, Senator Coltart said that “lots is being done currently to digitalise all books and in the next few years all books will be digital as talks with the publishers are already at advanced stages”.
The Minister also noted the greatest financial challenge they face”, With only $500 0000 to maintain schools of over 8 000, it’s a monumental task that we face as the ministry”
Worldreader Marketing Manager, Nadja Borovac highlighted to Technomag that already three of the biggest publishers in Zimbabwe have agreed to digitalising all their content and it will be available on the Worldreader android app, online portal and the popular biNu Platform.
Among the top publishers Amabooks, is one of them which has already moved a step further to partner with world reader and OpenBooks an online platform for publishers.
“It is Worldreader`s vision to see books reaching places where they are often not available and today we feel we have successfully initiated our cause in Zimbabwe “,said Micheal Rothwell Smith.
Local artists can also now easily upload their content to the Worldreader platform gaining as much sharing revenue of 90 to 10% on the online platform and 70-30% on the kindle tablets with so much visibility at almost zero production costs.
When millions of books are now being moved without transporting, printing and packaging costs, it makes publishing and reading very accessible with all parts benefiting immensely .
The students and the staff at King George were greatly excited and honoured to be recipients of the digital books.
The kindle books were given out to the school as part of the digital library, reaching out to hundreds of the students as they no longer need to wait for turns with few books as their library has just gotten digital with hundreds of books.
The Amazon Kindle books also come with Wi-Fi and edge internet connectivity to download new content for the readers periodically.
Worldreader identifies schools, trains teachers, works with communities and local officials, partners with local and international publishers and other top-tier companies to bring e-books to under-served families in the developing world.
By providing access to digital books, Worldreader empowers children and families to rise out of poverty.