Families with access to an Android phone or tablet can now start reading the books by downloading the Library For All app from the Google Play Store.
Using smart technology to get children reading
Producing culturally relevant books that are age appropriate, and making them digitally accessible through an app, is the first step to getting them into the hands of children. But in places like the Solomon Islands, not all children have access to technology, internet or even electricity.
With the help of our supporters, we are aiming to bring Spark, a digital classroom kit containing 20 tablet computers, to schools across the Solomon Islands. Each tablet computer in this kit is pre-loaded with the digital books and a learning application called Elevate that can help build children’s literacy and numeracy skills.
With Elevate, Grace can direct her own learning, and for an average of one hour a day, can learn the equivalent of one full year of school.
Grace reads from a Spark Kit tablet computer.
Photo: Patrick Fugui/Save the Children.
The Spark Kit comes in a waterproof, transportable storage case with in-built charging for devices, a server and Wi-Fi router. It was designed to be used completely offline and off-grid to be easily used by children anywhere.
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This is good news for those who are eager to learn, like Grace, who shares, “My favourite subject is Maths and English because I love to count and read books.”
“I have read few books from Library For All tablet and I was glad to see there a lot of books and I wish I had a tablet at home,” she says.
With Spark, Grace can finally access quality books to read, and have the best chance to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse in the future.
Through Library For All, we aim to bring a digital library of books to 31 countries across six continents – and help many children like Grace access to the joy of reading and learning.