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300 Students Educated at Summer Technology Camp

Tanzania Primary School Student at Technology Camp with Amazon Fire 8 Tablet Digital BookOver 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.

 

With grant funding from Recognize Good, Karakata Primary School received a mobile digital classroom, including internet service and Amazon Fire 8 tablets loaded with educational apps to allow teachers to introduce digital age teaching tools to promote English Language Learning.  These tablets, and Apple iPads also donated, will allow teachers to introduce information and computer technology to students, helping to bridge the digital divide.

The students enjoyed learning with Osmo, a STEM-based educational learning system that includes coding apps as well as apps that help improve reading skills, math, spatial learning and animation.

Local artists Nathan Mpangala and Fred Halla taught daily art classes.  Students crated paper maché planets and learned about the solar system.

Stephen, owner of Basix and a gradaute of Harvard University with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, taught a lesson and helped students build models of solar-powered cars, and spoke about the importance of continuing education to secondary school, and college.

Sema Tanzania, a local newspaper, visited to teach students about careers in publishing, and the importance of speaking out on issues in instances of child abuse, sexual assault or neglect.

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Thank You RecognizeGood!

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.  

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Holiday Book Drive Collects Thousands of New Books

Holiday Book Drive Collects Thousands of New Books   

Barnes and Noble 2018 Holiday Book Drive Volunteers for Reading Around the World Literacy in Bee Cave, TX

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 lo

cation.  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.

RAWLI will be taking the books we collected to build a new library at Karakata Primary School in the Ilala School District in Dar es Salaam.  Karkata Primary School, which serves more than 1,200 students from age 7 to 13, does not have a library, and the teachers are excited to hear the good news that they will soon have books to help educate the children.

We also want to send our heartfelt thanks to the students of Canyon Ridge Middle School and Vandegrift High School and to the directors of the National Honor Society, for your volunteer assistance.  Your help was instrumental in making this event a success!  You are truly world changers.

 

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Twenty Teachers Attend Technology Training

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. 

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Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble

‘Tis the season….and RAWLI volunteers are here to make your holidays a little easier.  We will be wrapping gifts for you! 

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ESL App Helps Swahili Speakers Learn English

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.”

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RAWLI’s Founder Receives Spirit of Community Award

 

 

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.  

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Our first app is coming soon!

RAWLI is super excited to be working with Overpass Ltd. UK to develop an app to help Swahili speaking primary school students learn English.   Our app is being developed by Eric Wroolie and will be based on his popular “bubble bath” series which helps English speaking students learn foreign languages.  Now we wonder…will the students in Tanzania learn to speak English with a British accent?  <insert ahhhh here>

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GPS Tech Lab Expansion Brings Smiles

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.

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Thank You, Grandview Hills Elementary Students

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!

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