What children read shapes their view of the world.
This project aims to provide culturally relevant reading material for Ugandan children while sharing the vibrant traditions and lessons of Ugandan folk stories with children globally. In many countries, like Uganda, children don’t have consistent access to reading material and books they do have are not culturally representative. There is little opportunity for young readers to see themselves in the pages.
Our books aren't just about helping far away, though. This lack of representation also limits us outside of Uganda, many half-way around the world, from sharing in and understanding a rich history and culture different from our own. Each book is loaded with questions and activities from the stories to engage with Uganda however far away you are.
We seek to change that.
For the last six months, Pangea Publishing has been creating children's books from Ugandan folk stories. We have done so by recording, dictating and translating, illustrating, and publishing these stories. These stories will be the foundation for a series of culturally diverse children’s books printed in Uganda to share here and to bring to the rest of the world.
How Your Book Does Good
These book subscriptions will be distributed via a mobile (bicycle & motorcycle) library - a service that provides new reading materials to learners every two weeks. Mobile libraries
- Create Access: By going to readers we get to more readers and extend access beyond school walls to aid learners in after-school learning as well as out-of-school learning.
- Provide Choice: Learner curiosity is the most important factor in literacy development. Mobile libraries provide learners with a wide choice of texts, including ones that they can identify with.
- Build Reading Culture: Our mobile libraries create a routine of reading through bimonthly visits.
By funding this Kickstarter:
Each book sold provides one learner with a year subscription (92 books) to our mobile library service. Stories will be continually collected, produced, and preserved in national archives. You will bring another culture into your home to develop another view on the world.
Editing & Making: January-June
Kickstarter: June 17 - July 17
Production & Printing: July - August
Shipping to YOU: August 31
Project Team Members: Andrew Bauer, Nathan Okiror, Nancy Kili, Hillary Basemeza, Annet Okwir, Winnie Namugga, Samuel Waswa, Brenda Apeta, Caroline Tugume, James Nyende, Clement Ogwang, Jessica Bergmann, Laura Bodien, Brynn Frantz, Kendall Roth, Holly Bahn
Business Model Development: Slalom Consulting - Chicago
Kickstarter Video: Ben Derico/Sidekick Video & Big Spit Cooperation
Pilot Backer: Sundar Raman
Our Supportive Board: Adam Bauer, Amy Meginnes, Clyde Porter, Joe Meginnes, Melinda Wright, Patrick Murphy, Mutebi Abdul, Michael Milne
Pangea Publishing is a project within Pangea Educational Development. Check out more of our projects and our mission here: https://www.pangeaeducation.org/
Risks and challenges
It might seem that printing and distributing in Uganda would be our largest risk, however, our team in Uganda has been amazing at setting us up for success for nearly a decade. We received a grant that will cover the cost of the mobile library and are working with an internal team for check-in / check-out functionality through SalesForce. We have gone through a validation process with several printing options and are in the process of quality testing our final selections.
Our largest risk is not receiving enough funding to complete our first print runs and not reaching an audience here in the US for consistent sales.
Success of this project hinges on support and desire for exposing our children, nieces, nephews, friends and ourselves to different cultural perspectives and thereby supporting literacy rates on the other side of the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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