Neil Butcher and Associates

For Support To Explore The Use Of Open Licensing Models To Widen Access To Early Literacy Materials

  • Amount
    $50,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    9/1/2015
  • Term
    8 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.nba.co.za 
Address
64 Galway RoadParkview
Johannesburg, South Africa,
Grants to this Grantee
for support of open licensing in early childhood literacy efforts in Africa  
Neil Butcher and Associates, an educational firm based in South Africa, provides services to improve equity, quality, and effectiveness in developing countries. The firm seeks to help create sustainable local publishing markets that harness digital innovations and Creative Commons open licenses. With this grant, it will ensure meaningful access to and use of affordable, relevant, high-quality, mother-tongue storybooks for African children. This work will delve into how openly licensed local-language storybooks can contribute to the growth of the publishing industry in Africa and promote effective literacy strategies.
for support of open licensing in early childhood literacy efforts in the developing world  
Neil Butcher and Associates, a consulting firm with OER expertise, will conduct research to determine whether and how open licenses could help increase the amount of reading material available to children across the developing world. The results are expected to inform policy solutions to high rates of illiteracy among young children and, more specifically, help shape the Global Book Alliance, a consortium being established by international donors. This work is intended to advance the Education Program’s strategy of encouraging policies in the developing world that promote the use of OER to solve key problems in education.

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