Olga Eskinazi on 09/22/2016
Today we had the opportunity to speak with Nancy Barbee, a District Governor for Rotary in North Carolina. Nancy has been instrumental in the End Polio Now campaign and bringing awareness to polio eradication in the US. Nancy’s involvement has given her a unique perspective on the impact of polio, as well as the means of educating communities on the importance of immunization. She strongly believes that although polio is currently directly impacting Pakistan, Afghanistan, and once again Nigeria, that it truly is a global problem. We had the privilege to learn more about Nancy’s perspective and experience and wanted to share it with you.
Sesame partners with Speaking Books and Funding from USAID to launch a new Literacy Initiative in NigeriaPosted by Brian Julius on 12/14/2015
The Alphabet Speaking Book is a world first and developed jointly with Sesame Square to create 22 pages of text and illustrations of Muppets introducing a page at a time with each letter of the Nigerian Hausa language alphabet accompanied by a sound button for each page, that plays the audio track, so that children can look, listen and learn their ABC’s in their own home language, read to them by lovable Muppets.
Posted by Brian Julius on 10/28/2015
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s patient education innovation – the Speaking Book – has been shortlisted in AfricaCom’s Changing Lives Award category. AfricaCom is Africa’s biggest technology event and brings together leaders and innovators form the digital network.
Can You Read This? A Billion People Can't!
Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted. Look around, words are everywhere. We depend on written communication for information, guidance, well-being, and security. Yet a billion people can’t read, which means they have no access to heath care information, education, loans, insurance, job training, and so much more that is necessary to live a productive and sustainable life.
A Book That Speaks
This is why we created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It’s exactly what it sounds like…a book that actually talks to the reader in his or her native language, delivering critical information in an interactive, relevant and educational way. The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood, arming the world’s poorest and most impoverished communities with critical, life-saving knowledge that can help them to live a better life.
Global illiteracy prevents organizations from effectively communicating life-saving messages to impoverished communities around the world. When the poorest communities cannot access even the most basic education, innovation is key to bridging the communication gap.
55 titles produced, hundreds of thousands of books delivered, spanned 5 continents, and spoke in over 30 different languages. We've worked with global organizations ranging from the Pharmaceutical industry, NGOs, government organization, corporations, and non-profits.
We continue to grow and develop new books with new messages reaching thousands of new people every day. Join forces with us and help us overcome the silent epidemic of illiteracy and deliver life-saving knowledge to those that need it most.