Recognizing that millions of students across the globe lack basic resources in the classroom, Library For All (LFA) seeks to provide children with high quality, relevant educational resources via its cloud-based digital library. Currently, LFA has piloted this platform in Haiti with the objective of providing students with access to classic and culturally relevant literature in English, French, Creole, and Spanish in order to improve literacy rates and foster a love of reading.
Library Content | Currently, LFA focuses on creating and compiling content for students on its digital library. Leveraging the talent of both international and local publishers, LFA includes donated books, purchased content, as well as open-sourced resources. Its library also features textbooks that are tied with national curriculum. Library for All has worked with the Haitian government to develop related capabilities for its platform such as a search feature that enables students to search via grade level in order to access books that are most relevant for them.
Core Technologies | The LFA digital library employs a low-bandwidth network topology that allows students search through the library offline. However, in order to download or access full content, users must be connected to the internet. LFA partners with local organizations to provide students with the technologies required to access its library (e.g. computers, Android tablets, and mobile phones), such as Digicel Haiti and Sûrtab.
Currently, Library For All is exploring partnerships to scale across Haiti, and to extend its reach to two other African countries in 2014. Ultimately, LFA seeks to reach 5 million children over the next five years.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportLearning materials for studentsEducational TechnologyMath/numeracyCulture/indigenous knowledgeScience & engineering
Model details2013Not-for-profitLiteracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageMath/numeracyCulture/indigenous knowledgeScience & engineeringActiveLong-term projectHousehold funds$3 USD
In order to support its local language publishers, LFA may impose a $3 per student annual fee, capped at $500 per site, in order to sustain the project. This figure will likely change on a case-by-case basis; LFA is constantly seeking new ways to lower implementation costs.
Strategic Partnerships | Since its inception, Library For All has developed several strategic partnerships with NGOs and local schools to ensure that its products reach the most vulnerable students. For example, LFA works with Restavek Freedom, an organization focused on resolving child slavery, to identify students in need. Library For All also seeks to further develop its partnerships with Ministries of Education to identify those in need.
Infrastructure and Technology | Currently, LFA operates in low-income schools with some existing infrastructure, in order to first show communities that its model can work. In the future Library For All seeks to reach schools with less resources. LFA is looking into new ways to leverage technology (e.g. solar panels) to make its model replicable in schools without electricity or internet.
TechnologyTablet or e-readerLearning materials for studentsMaterials in other languagesTracking student performanceOtherIncrease literacy by providing access; Monitoring and evaluationSûrtab
Scale21 primary school and 1 community literacy center650Currently, 650 books are available on the digital library; this figure is constantly increasing
Number of Schools/Centers | After its pilot phase, Library For All expanded from one primary school to a second site - a community literacy center.
New Technologies | LFA is working on creating a PC application for learners so they can access content on a PC or PC applications. This will allow LFA to target schools that already have computers. By the end of 2014, LFA also seeks to make its platform available on mobile devices.
Geographic Expansion | LFA seeks to expand its reach to 60 schools across Haiti by April 2015. The organization has also identified a couple of key partners in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo where it hopes to conduct new pilots of the digital library by the end of 2014.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
A new version of the digital library application allows for some data collection. For example, the app monitors when children turn the page, how quickly they read, how often they actually finish the books they read, etc. The main objective is to monitor and evaluate students' literacy rates.
In the future, LFA seeks to improve its M&E strategy through partnership with New York University (NYU).No