Updated Mar 29, 2019

Anuradha Srinivasan

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A digital platform of openly licensed storybooks for children in mother tongue languages where the books can not only be read but also translated and adapted into new languages or forms.

Reading is many things, but it always begins with access to text. UNESCO’s report on mother tongue literacy states, ‘children should be taught in a language they understand, yet as much as 40% of the global population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand’. Cognisant of these on ground realities, Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver- a digital platform with o...
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Reading is many things, but it always begins with access to text. UNESCO’s report on mother tongue literacy states, ‘children should be taught in a language they understand, yet as much as 40% of the global population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand’. Cognisant of these on ground realities, Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver- a digital platform with openly licensed, multilingual storybooks for children. On StoryWeaver, all content is available under the CC-BY4.0 license which gives users the freedom to read, download, print and share multilingual storybooks for free. Additionally, users can create content to suit the needs of their learners by creating or translating storybooks with easy-to-use tools embedded on the platform. While the creation of content takes place online, the use of storybooks can happen both online & offline with the option of downloading in multiple formats like Pdfs and EPubs. StoryWeaver has grown from 800 storybooks in 24 languages to 12,600 storybooks in 152 languages in 3 years. Over 60% of the languages on the platform are underserved and indigenous. The storybooks have been read over 6 million times (online & offline), downloaded over 300,000 times by a user base of 1.5M from 190 countries. By massively scaling the creation & distribution of content, the platform harnesses the power of technology & open licensing to address the global scarcity of books for children in mother tongue languages.
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Stage 5: Scaling

StoryWeaver was launched in September 2015. The project is currently on a growth trajectory. It has scaled from 800 books in 24 languages to 12,600 books in 152 languages.
Registered in Indiain India

Focus Areas:

Education, Technology and Crowdsourcing and Open Source

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Implemented In:

India, Korea, South, South Africa and 8 MoreSEE ALL

India, Korea, South, South Africa, Cambodia, Italy, Indonesia, Uganda, Afghanistan, Ghana, Mexico and KenyaSEE LESS

1,500,000
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Key Partner
11
Countries Implemented In
1,500,000
Customers
77
Employees
$2,384,500
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

In many parts of the world, there is a big gap between the language spoken at home and the medium of instruction at school. Infact, there are over 617 million children ( https://bit.ly/2WzkeCp) who are not reaching minimum proficiency levels in reading. The 2016 GEM report (https://bit.ly/1SMV6ni) states that ‘in multi-ethnic societies, imposing a dominant language through a school system has frequently been a source of grievance linked to wider issues of social and cultural inequality.’

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Solution

Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver (www.storyweaver.org.in) is an innovative publishing model that provides free and open access to multilingual storybooks for children to build and nurture a reading habit, and also provides collaborative tools that allow users to create, translate and repurpose the content to their local needs. A responsive platform that can be accessed across devices, the content can be read, shared, downloaded for free for both offline use & in print-ready formats.

Target Beneficiaries

The platform has 1.5M users globally. StoryWeaver’s open and flexible model empowers educators to use the resources in varied ways. From translating into new languages to creating customized content.. From projecting the books in classrooms for reading comprehension, to using the library of over 700 STEM storybooks, and 200 Read Alongs as classroom aids. Ministries of Education have also used the content in both print and digital formats.

Mission and Vision

The vision for StoryWeaver is to be the largest open repository of reading resources in mother tongue languages and provide equitable access for children to learn and practice reading. By harnessing the power of technology and open licenses and adding the creative power of a collaborative community , we have created a sustainable, scalable societal platform that leverages the network effect to create a large number of local language libraries.

Competitive Advantage

StoryWeaver is a uniquely innovative publishing model in its concept and design. It has created an entirely new ecosystem of collaborative publishing that can all help solve the global book drought. At its center, is a rich core of quality content from Pratham Books and other publishers which is the base for further versioning and translation. Every 1 high quality story on the platform gets versioned ~12 times. With 12,600 storybooks in 152 languages, it can be both a large repository of multilingual content for children as well as a customised hyper local library based on language, reading level, age or theme/genre. By creating a participative framework it is catalysing the creation of a more content in mother tongue languages and providing a greater degrees of inclusive access to it.

Planned Goals and Milestones

In the coming year, we will build new tools for collaborative authoring. Ministries of Education and educators will be provided with more curriculum linked resources, curated reading lists and a large library of audio visual books. By April 2020, the platform will host 20,000 storybooks and have a cumulative readership of 20M.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,500,000
New FeatureReading App, An offline solution to create and translate books.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Suzanne Singh (Chairperson) has been with the organization since its inception and has deep expertise in education strategy and implementation. Himanshu Giri (CEO)’s expertise includes strategic partnerships with the Government and non-profit organizations. Purvi Shah (Head:Digital Initiatives) has been with the organization for 13 years and leads the product development for StoryWeaver Bijal Vachharajani is a Senior Editor and drives content strategy and content creation for StoryWeaver.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Feb 2019
New Country Implemented In
Afghanistan, Ghana, Mexico and Kenya
Feb 2019
Lives Impacted
1,500,000
Nov 2015
New Country Implemented In
India
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Created