Emeka Offor Foundation, Books For Africa and Worldreader in pact to provide e-Books, e-Readers to Nigerian schools
By TECHNOLOGY TIMES Reporter
Lagos. July 18, 2013: Books For Africa, a leading non-profit shipper of books, and Worldreader, a leading non-profit empowering the world’s poorest people with e-readers and digital content said that they have received an order from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in Nigeria.
Both organisations which have formed a unique partnership to send both e-books and e-readers to schools and students across Africa in the coming months said that their first order came from Nigeria.
“The first order of 50 e-readers under this partnership has been secured by Books For Africa’s strategic partner, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, for a shipment to Nigeria in the near future to assess the usability of this technology in Nigeria and across Africa and to serve as a model for future shipments”, they announced this week.
The partnership draws on the strengths of Books For Africa’s distribution network across the continent and Worldreader’s strength as the leading social enterprise providing digital content and e-readers for schools in Africa, they said.
“It is truly a collaboration that will allow both organizations to continue doing what they do best and, in working together, increase educational opportunities across the African continent,” said Patrick Plonski, Executive Director of Books For Africa (BFA).
“Once we put an e-reader in a child’s hand, she is able to download new and relevant information with a touch of a button. Now, children and families are empowered with a digital library which holds thousands of relevant books and never closes. We’re thrilled to partner with Books For Africa so that more people can change the world around them,” David Risher, CEO and Co- Founder of Worldreader adds.
Books For Africa, based in the U.S and founded in 1988 by Tom Warth, has a simple goal: to end the book famine in Africa. Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to Africa, shipping over 28 million books to 49 different countries since 1988, according to the organisation.