All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD), Pearson and Project Literacy recently announced two winners of its global Book Boost: Access for All Challenge, designed to spur innovation that optimizes the production process for children’s books. The goal is to reduce costs and make it easier for publishers to produce high-quality reading materials for all children. The competition winners, eKitabu and SIL LEAD, will be awarded seed funding to implement and test business models that have the potential to transform the book production process.
eKitabu’s winning solution will provide local content developers with tools, examples and prizes for creating quality, digital learning materials that are accessible for students with disabilities. eKitabu will start by converting Kenyan early grade reading books into accessible digital formats using open standards and open source tools. Then eKitabu will work with local publishers to adapt standards and tools to their own processes. To learn more, read this news release from ACR GCD.
SIL LEAD’s winning solution will enhance its existing Bloom software (developed through ACR GCD’s Enabling Writers competition in 2016), which streamlines the process for speakers of underserved languages to create new books or translate existing books into their language. Enhancements will include the addition of accessibility features and system support services, creating an online dashboard system to track title use, training materials and a Bloom library website that meets accessibility standards.