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Global Storybooks is a free educational resource that promotes multilingual literacy and language learning for children and youth worldwide.

Global Storybooks

Global Storybooks is a free educational resource that promotes multilingual literacy and language learning for children and youth worldwide. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in languages spoken in over 30 countries on 5 continents. Users can toggle between translations, many with audio as well as text. Development continues at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC), Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, UBC, Canada
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". NELSON MANDELA.

Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC), Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, UBC, Canada

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Literacy and Social Change

What we do? Drawing on 40 illustrated stories from the open access African Storybook, we have developed a user-friendly portal for the use of these stories on mobile devices in over 30 countries on 5 continents. We have translated the stories into multiple languages, many with audio, to promote literacy and language learning. We have developed digital tools to enable users to toggle between translations of the same story, to facilitate independent learning. Stories are classified into 5 levels of difficulty, and can be downloaded in multiple formats. We have developed a user-friendly translation app so that we add new countries and languages as partnerships develop. See: globalstorybooks.net

Why we do it? UNESCO has found that 750 million youth and adults cannot read and write, while 250 million children worldwide are failing to acquire basic literacy skills. Low literacy rates are partly due to the lack of reading materials in familiar languages, which is the best way for children to learn to read and to acquire new languages.  A possible solution is the provision of freely available online user-friendly reading materials in multiple languages with digital capacity for scaling up. 

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June 2019
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