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On International Literacy Day, Our DDL Library and StoryWeaver Join Forces To Make Storybooks Available to Children in Afghanistan

On International Literacy Day, Our DDL Library and StoryWeaver Join Forces To Make Storybooks Available to Children in Afghanistan

We're marking International Literacy Day with an exciting announcement: the launch of a partnership with Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver program, an open source digital platform of multilingual children’s storybooks. The partnership will make hundreds of titles accessible to millions of children across Afghanistan, in their own languages. This digital literacy resource is all the more vital in the time of Covid-19, when learning opportunities have been severely limited by school closures. Through this collaboration between DDL and Storyweaver, Afghan children will now have resources to help them safely learn from home.

The entire StoryWeaver platform will now be available as part of the DDL digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) so that children, parents and educators can share the joy of reading in their own language. This partnership is particularly exciting as an example of south-south knowledge exchange and regional collaboration in mobilizing innovative technology for children’s learning.

Further, Storyweaver’s Reading Programme was localized into Afghan languages. The Reading Programme is an easy-to-use six-months guided learning program with curated books for grades 1 to 8, themes, and activities, that help children progressively build their reading skills, through age-appropriate material that is engaging and in their own language. Through a technical and content collaboration, DDL and Storyweaver made all resources in this program -- which can be used both online and offline -- available in Farsi and Pashto. The Reading Program has been an invaluable resource in India, and will now be able to do the same for teachers, parents and students in Afghanistan.

Purvi Shah, Director at StoryWeaver says, “At Pratham Books, we strongly believe in leveraging technology and collaboration to give children access to books in their mother tongue. Over the years, our partnership with Darakht-e Danesh Library has built a rich repository of Farsi and Pashto content. This International Literacy Day, we are delighted to partner with Darakht-e Danesh Library to unveil this new pathway to access high quality storybooks, and help even more children discover the joy of reading in Farsi and Pashto.”

We know that literacy can be a powerful tool for positive change, instilling imagination, hope and asiration for the children who will go on to lead Afghanistan into the future. As the country faces both public health and political challenges, what better moment to further support those skills? Happy International Literacy Day!

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