Over 300 students from the Ilala School District participated in Reading Around the World’s first summer technology camp this August. Volunteers from both the United States and Tanzania joined together to teach students digital age learning skills at Dar Tech Camp, introducing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts.
RAWLI founder Carissa Mallory was honored by RecognizeGood, an organization dedicated to searching out and illuminating good in the Austin community. In a ceremony held in the children’s department of bookseller Barnes and Noble at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Caves, State Representative Tony Dale and Leander ISD school board President Pam Waggonner helped RecognizeGood’s George Mihalcik present Carissa with pay-it-forward grant of $1,000, which she donated to RAWLI to continue supporting children’s education in Tanzania.
Holiday Book Drive Collects Thousands of New Books
Reading Around the World received an amazing donation of thousands of brand new books last December. We are super grateful and want to send a big THANK YOU to our friends at Barnes and Noble for supporting our literacy programs during their annual holiday book drive, and to their generous customers at the Bee Caves store. The store clerks at Barnes and Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, were wonderfully kind to let customers know about the book drive, and helping to raise awareness of the needs of children who have no books. The magic of this holiday season will continue for years, helping thousands of underprivileged children get a quality education.
Twenty teachers from Ilala School District attended professional development classes in technology to enhance the role of informational technology in student learning and achievement. Funded by a grant from Reading Around the World Literacy Initiative (RAWLI), the technology training will provide support to increase proficiency in technology for teachers as schools in Ilala School District introduce a Digital Age Learning Environment to students.
Reading Around the World Literacy Initiative (RAWLI) is pleased to announce the launch of Swahili to English Bubble Bath, an educational game to assist Swahili speaking children in learning English.
The app, a collaboration with Overpass Ltd. of the U.K., was developed by game designer, Eric Wroolie. The app is available in both Apple and Android versions and available free of charge at both the iTunes store and on Google Play.
“We are excited to launch this educational app to a worldwide marketplace,” said Carissa Mallory, Founder of RAWLI. “This will help teach English language to the Swahili speaker in the digital age.”
Carissa Mallory, founder of Reading Around the World Literacy Initiative, has been named Vandegrift High School’s Top Youth Volunteer of the Year. This honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
In Tanzania, as with most of Africa, technology is still vastly underutilized. In contrast to developed nations which have harnessed the power of technology to improve the quality of life, Africa lags behind in adopting technology and the inefficiencies contribute to a cycle of poverty. With only about 9 percent of homes having access to computers, Tanzania is one of the least technologically literate countries in the world. Bridging the Digital Divide to help Tanzania become technologically literate will significantly improve the quality of life and help end the cycle of poverty.
With the expansion of our tech lab at GPS this summer, we had the joy of bringing lots of new technology to the school! Little by little we’re getting closer to our goal of having a 1:1 technology center where every student is able to have their very own device! This will allow GPS to become a model school for the community for integrating technology into the classroom. For now, the students enjoy working together to share access to the laptops and tablets which have some fun apps to help them learn.
THANK YOU Grandview Hills Elementary, for the hundreds of books you donated to help kids in Tanzania. GHE donated more than 200 books to help students in Africa learn English. Y’all ROCK! And also a shout out to the parents who decorated your school for the book fair. Wow, that was so fun and creative! What a fun event to be a part of!
In encouraging news, the Tanzanian government has announced that it is eliminated fees to attend secondary schools. We are very excited about this news! Tanzania currently experiences a 60% drop out rate between primary school and secondary school. There are two primary driving factors – the expense of secondary school and the transition to English language instruction. It is now more important than ever that we get children’s language resources in the hands of primary school children because they have more opportunity than ever before to continue their education. Way to go Tanzania! Click the link below to learn more.