The African Storybook Project is based in Johannesburg and Nairobi and operates through SAIDE, the South Af Institute for Distance Education. It is currently creating an Africa-wide digital library of African children's storybooks, downloadable on multiple platforms from our website and versionable into local languages so that first readers will have a free, accessible library of appropriate and interesting books to enjoy but also for learning to read.We will be running 12 pilot sites over the next 2 years, with independent researchers helping us recognize what works best, from remote areas to urban districts.
I personally am involved with building the network of literacy organizations, community groups, schools and others to both use the library for support for early literacy and also to create and share new stories as well as collect and share old ones.
We hope to provide the missing texts, accessibility to them, and help in using books with young children and first readers to expand literacy and school readiness in Africa.
I have been a teacher in the US for 33 years, and have worked with African educators for 16 years. This latter includes work directly in schools, teacher support and training, resource collection and donation, theoretical work on literacy and support to the Pan African Conference on Reading for All, Africa's primary conference for literacy.