KaiOS Technologies and Worldreader Celebrate Milestone of Empowering 1 Million Readers

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San Francisco
GPE

,

California
GPE

/ Hong Kong — In a strategic joint effort to fight the global learning crisis and bridge the digital divide,

KaiOS Technologies
ORG

and Worldreader proudly announce a new milestone:

One million
CARDINAL

readers empowered through

BookSmart
ORG

app.

Since

2020
DATE

,

KaiOS Technologies
ORG

, the web-based mobile operating system powering a new category of smart feature phones, and

Worldreader
ORG

, the international edtech nonprofit, have partnered to deliver high-quality reading materials to

first
ORDINAL

-time and early internet users on the affordable

KaiOS
TIME

-powered smart feature phones.

Since the launch of the partnership,

over 1 million
CARDINAL

people, mainly in low and middle income countries where the learning crisis and the digital divide is more severe, have read

over 3 million
CARDINAL

books via the

KaiOS
TIME

powered-smart feature phones on BooKSmart,

Worldreader
ORG

’s mobile reading platform. The alliance has had an important impact in

India
GPE

where it has been activated on the

JioPhones
ORG

and made available on

the Jio Store
ORG

.

Rebecca Chandler Leege
PERSON

, CEO of

Worldreader
ORG

, states, “This partnership represents putting the power of reading into the hands of those who need it most.”

Despite

95%
PERCENT

global broadband coverage, the usage gap remains

one
CARDINAL

of the main challenges for people to benefit from the Internet. According to

the Global Connectivity Report
ORG


2022
DATE

,

2.7 billion
CARDINAL

people still don’t connect to the Internet. Device affordability stands as a significant barrier, with nearly

2.5 billion
CARDINAL

people living in countries where the cost of the cheapest smartphone accounts for

a quarter
DATE

or more of their average

monthly
DATE

income (

Alliance for Affordable Internet,
ORG


2020
DATE

).

In

Sub-Saharan Africa
LOC

, the learning crisis is particularly worrying, with

more than 86%
PERCENT

of

ten years old
DATE

children not able to comprehend a simple text, and where access to reading materials at home is scarce or nonexistent. With most countries having

as low as 7%
PERCENT

of books present at the household level (Countdown to

2030, 2021
DATE

), the lack of access has a significant impact in building healthy reading habits among families.

Both organizations are committed to expanding their global reach and impact, focusing primarily on

Sub-Saharan Africa
LOC

, to continue tackling the device affordability and learning crisis.

Sebastien Codeville
PERSON

, CEO and co-founder of

KaiOS Technologies
ORG

, says, “

KaiOS
TIME

’ mission to close the digital divide would not be complete without meaningful partnerships like the one with Worldreader, which enables our users to access useful and impactful content, that contributes to changing their life”.

About Worldreader

Worldreader gets children reading so they can reach their potential. An international ed-tech nonprofit organization, Worldreader supports parents and caregivers, school teachers, educators, and local partners with access to digital reading materials, training, impact data, and continuous engagement. Our aim is to support early childhood development and reading outcomes for children in under-resourced communities as well as in conflict and crisis settings.

Having pioneered digital reading in

the Global South
LOC

since

2010
DATE

,

Worldreader
ORG

has supported

over 22 million
CARDINAL

readers in

more than 100
CARDINAL

countries. Worldreader believes that when children and caregivers are motivated and increase their volume and frequency of reading, short-term outcomes such as improved reading comprehension, and social-emotional learning will be enhanced, leading to long-term educational outcomes, higher earning potential and stronger emotional intelligence.