Africa

Africa

SUN BOOKS

Improving Children’s Literacy Skills in Africa

SunBook

According to UNESCO, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Around 182 million adults are illiterate and over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. 

Since 2014, the World Literacy Foundation started the development of Sun Books in Africa, an EdTech project to provide quality educational resources to children in regional and remote communities through the use of sustainable, solar-powered technology. Last year, more than 11,171 children and families were benefited from our project. 

Sun Books brings together innovative software and hardware, books and educational activities, and the local community itself to enhance the literacy skills of children in off-the-grid classrooms.  

SunBook

WHERE WE WORK

Reaching Classrooms in Off-the-grid Communities

HOW WE DO IT

We’re Merging Technology and Education

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 1

    We work with the local community, partners and volunteers to create meaningful and culturally relevant content for our literacy app.

  2. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 2

    Teachers are a fundamental element for the successful implementation of Sun Books. We organize training sessions where teachers learn how to use the tablets as a digital learning tool to improve their pedagogical strategies.

  3. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 3

    Teachers organize reading and writing workshops with students where they explore the content pre-loaded on the tablets, learn and have fun with the over 500 eBooks and activities included there.

  4. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 5 copy

    We implement evaluations to track the impact of Sun Books program on children. This allow us to identify strengths and aspects to be improved in order to exceed the outcomes.

  5. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation

    After evaluations, we determine and apply changes needed to improve the educational content and pedagogical processes with children to create a better and more rewarding learning environment for them.

HOW WE DO IT

We’re Merging Technology and Education

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 1

    We work with the local community, partners and volunteers to create meaningful and culturally relevant content for our literacy app.

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 2

    Teachers are a fundamental element for the successful implementation of Sun Books. We organize training sessions where teachers learn how to use the tablets as a digital learning tool to improve their pedagogical strategies.

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 3

    Teachers organize reading and writing workshops with students where they explore the content pre-loaded on the tablets, learn and have fun with the over 500 eBooks and activities included there.

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation 5 copy

    We implement evaluations to track the impact of Sun Books program on children. This allow us to identify strengths and aspects to be improved in order to exceed the outcomes.

  1. Sun Books Africa World Literacy Foundation

    After evaluations, we determine and apply changes needed to improve the educational content and pedagogical processes with children to create a better and more rewarding learning environment for them.

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Sun Books World Literacy Foundation

CHILD'S STORY

Meet Levi

Sun Books World Literacy Foundation

Levi is 10-years old and lives in a village in Northern Uganda. Every day he wakes up very early full of excitement to go to school despite the overcrowded classrooms and no access to electricity or the internet. Regardless of these challenging learning conditions, Levi has always been enthusiastic about school because his dream is to become a teacher so that he can help other children in his community.

When Levi started grade 3, he was slow at reading and he didn’t have books at school or home to practice and improve his literacy skills. What was even worse, his school closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Luckily, teachers from his school rapidly organized a new work scheme to visit children’s houses and hold small reading sessions using Sun Books tablets so children could continue reading and learning while at home.

The first time Levi saw a Sun Books tablet, he didn’t know how to use it but the bright colors, characters, and interactive games caught his attention.

“I had never seen or used a Sun Books tablet but it’s very easy to use so I learned quickly and now I love reading the stories on it”- Levi said.

Now that the students are back at school, Levi and his friends enjoy over 300 e-books and games included in our solar-powered tablets. We are proud to say that Levi has gained more vocabulary and improved his reading skills. He is also writing short stories to be published on Sun Books so other children across Africa can discover the joy of reading too.