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Worldreader is a global nonprofit whose mission is to help the world read. The organisation provides students and their families with a free digital library available on e-readers and mobile phones, complemented with a suite of reading support programmes. Since 2010, over 6 million people across 50 countries have read from their digital library of over 35,000 local and international e-books in dozens of languages. Worldreader works with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities to help readers worldwide.
Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in the world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO). Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still at least 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all (SAQMEC).