By designing with the users, and not for them, you can build digital tools to better address the specific context, culture, behaviors and expectations of the people who will directly interact with the technology.

The GDL adheres to principles of universal design and accessibility and has a strong focus on making all content generally accessible, including for those with print disabilities, i.e. blindness or low vision, severe dyslexia, or mobility impairment.

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. …

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The Global Book Alliance and the Global Digital Library just added 27 new languages to the growing collection on the Global Digital Library (GDL). Thanks to contributions from USAID and All Children Reading: Book Boost: Access for All Challenge, the GDL now contains vetted, quality content in 70 languages!

Among the new languages you will find(by country):

  1. Senegal: Wolof, Pulaar, Seereer
  2. Pakistan: Balochi, Brahui, Pashto-Balochistan dialect, Pashto-KP Dialect, Sindhi, Urdu
  3. Laos: Lao
  4. Papua New Guinea: Tok Pisin, Enga, Siri Motu
  5. Nepal: Tamang
  6. Malawi: Lomwe, Tumbuka, Yao

Many of the materials contributed to the GDL have been used by education programs in schools to teach reading, and meet Ministry of Education standards of quality. For students whose education has been interrupted by the pandemic or other crises, readily available learning materials such as these can play an important role in preventing the deterioration of reading skills. …

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The Global Book Alliance (GBA) and the Global Digital Library (GDL) envision a future in which a robust local publishing industry supports the needs of even the most underserved children. Books in both print and digital formats are critical to increase the supply of available and accessible readers for all children globally.

An effective supply of books requires high-quality title development in languages and formats children can use and understand, access to those titles by printers and publishers, and a functioning supply chain to deliver books to their potential readers.

500 files in 23 Languages

The GDL print repository offers more than 500 files in 23 languages at the time of the launch in March 2020. This includes a number of languages in Africa and Asia, in addition to our bridge language, English. The titles include various contributions from partners, including government approved books for educational use — “classroom books” — and all other books that the GDL defines as “library books”. …

The world has made an extraordinary commitment to literacy: by 2030, all children and youth should be able to read. Books are essential tools for learning, but many millions of children around the world lack adequate access to them. Pursuing literacy without books — whether digital or print — is like trying to eradicate disease without vaccines.

Without reading materials in a language they use and understand, children struggle to master basic literacy, setting them behind. …


Global Digital Library

The Global Digital Library collects existing high quality open educational reading resources, and makes them available on web, mobile and for print.

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