Africa

Better Readers, BetterWorld: How a Wireless Company Supports Literacy

As library-centric folks, it's pretty much a given that we care about literacy. We know its impact: how it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, and breaks the cycle of poverty.

We also know the sobering statistics around illiteracy. According to UNESCO, there are 740 million illiterate people worldwide. Librarians strive to decrease this number every day though literacy programs for both adults and children.

Celebrating access to learning: the Arid Lands Information Network

Each year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation honors a public library or similar organization outside the United States with the Access to Learning Award. This award "recognizes the innovative efforts" of these organizations to "connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet." We're pleased to report that this year a TechSoup Global partner, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), received this one million dollar award!