With tablets and training, Bangladesh libraries attract new audiences for reading

As part of Beyond Access’ cooperation with Save the Children on the USAID-funded READ program in Bangladesh, 20 public libraries throughout the country have begun offering early-grade reading services to children and parents in their communities. While Bangladesh hosts more than 5200 public libraries including those run by governments and NGOs, they have tended to...

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Beyond Access Partner in Philippines receives Digital Literacy Award

The Urdaneta City Library has tacked on yet another award to its already impressive resume for...

How Myanmar’s Librarians Are Mobilizing for Voter Education

As Myanmar gears up for its upcoming elections, the country faces a challenge: After half a century under an authoritarian regime, many of Myanmar’s 30 million potential voters have never participated in a fair democratic election. Thousands of librarians are mobilizing to help their communities prepare. Some people do not even know that they are...

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Literacy in Ethiopia: Using Tech to Engage Community

This week, Beyond Access is hosting a literacy app hackathon in Addis Ababa. As we planned...

Connecting the Next 4 Billion: How Access to Information Underpins Every SDG

This is an excerpt of a piece originally published by Devex. Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been formally adopted by the United Nations, some who follow the process are pointing out that previous Millennium Development Goals were never achieved. So why would the outcome of the Sustainable Development Goals be any...

Why it’s Crucial to Leverage Libraries for Access to Information in Myanmar

In September, IREX and Beyond Access partnered with IFLA and the New York Public Library to host a discussion about access to information and the Sustainable Development Goals. During the event, librarian Myat Sann Nyein shared her experience leveraging libraries for community development in Myanmar. These are her remarks. This piece was originally published by...

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Two Librarians at the Center of Flood Relief Efforts in Myanmar

Myanmar is in the early stages of recovering from devastating floods that have displaced 384,900 households...

How Literacy Initiatives in Mozambique Can Reach More through Libraries

Mozambique is currently in the midst of a major campaign to increase early childhood literacy. Investments have been made in reading assessment, teacher training, data collection and school materials. But is there a role for institutions outside the formal schools in making sure more children are able to read? On August 21, more than 20...

Why Senior Citizens Must be Part of the Information Society

About 10%-12% of the Philippines’ population — roughly 10 million people — migrates overseas for employment, often leaving family back home. This migration pattern strains family relations and can leave overseas workers without support when navigating the difficulties of life abroad. Technology provides the potential to reconnect families — but this potential goes unrealized when...

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Creating Community Space for Early Reading

Young children need time to develop reading skills and a welcoming environment in which to practice....

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Why Collaborative Learning is Key to Building Digital Literacy

Every Saturday, a group of students gathers at an English language and resource center in Mandalay,...

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Libraries and Open Data: Lessons from the Cartagena Data Festival

In April, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about citizen engagement and accountability...

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