Without it, the world is many decades away from quality education for all.

Here’s a post by Purvi Shah, Director — StoryWeaver, to mark a special milestone: our 5th anniversary

Five years ago, the member nations of the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Much has changed in the past few years. Some situations have improved, and several others haven’t. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that targets the most vulnerable among us. We are also less than a decade away from 2030, that time in the future by which nobody would be left behind.

We are delighted to share that StoryWeaver has been selected by the Qatar Foundation’s flagship education initiative, WISE, as a finalist for the 2020 WISE Awards. Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative and impactful projects from around the world that are addressing today’s most pressing global educational challenges.

The 15 WISE Awards finalists come from 10 countries and were selected from a pool of 625 submissions evaluated according to strict criteria. Selected projects needed to be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society in their context. They also needed to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

StoryWeaver (www.storyweaver.org.in) is a digital platform that is working towards addressing the global book gap, by providing open and free access to quality storybooks in multiple languages to promote reading acquisition among children. At the platform’s…

How an open source platform is creating storybooks for children at scale in mother tongue languages.

10 red balloons

Almost a decade ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ran an online contest that challenged netizens to be the first to submit the locations of ten red weather balloons moored at undisclosed locations all across the continental United States. The balloons were at easily accessible locations, as well as visible from nearby roads.

In what would most certainly be called a “hack” today, a team from MIT created their own network that would find the balloons for them. They enlisted friends —…

If you were to take a walk around the world today — passing by the charging bull in New York, sipping mate with your friends from South America, drinking rice beer in a large bamboo mug with an old couple in Nagaland — you would hear 7,099 languages spoken. From Quechua to Konkani, Sinhalese to Kurdish, a language is not a mere tool of communication. It is a symbol of social identity; languages are conduits of human heritage. It shapes cultures, beliefs, customs, and has been the source for a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. …


Welcome to StoryWeaver from Pratham Books, a whole new world of children’s stories, where all barriers fall away. @PBStoryWeaver www.storyweaver.org.in

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