NABU Announces Partnership With HP

NABU, Girl Rising and HP Publish Children’s Book To Empower Girls and Boys to Put the breaks on Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination

Through innovative partnership, HP, NABU and Girl Rising aim to accelerate digital equity for 150M people by 2030

NEW YORK – October 1st, 2021 – NABU, a non-profit eradicating poverty through literacy, partners with the Girl Rising team in Kenya and HP to empower young females and raise awareness of harmful gender stereotypes from a Kenyan Point of View. Go Stella Go!, written and illustrated by Kenyan creators, explores universal themes of gender roles and stereotypes, and the critical role that boys can play in acknowledging gender-based discrimination.

Go Stella Go! is being launched at the HP sponsored, “Girl Rising” Summit In the lead up to International Day of the Girl on October 11th. Girl Rising is a girls’ education nonprofit that delivers research-proven educational programming that reaches 12 countries, 130 partners, 10,000 educators, 200,000 and adolescents through the power of storytelling to change the way the world values girls and their education.

As a leading non-profit publisher of multilingual books, NABU led the creative development of the book, with support from the award-winning girl’s education non-profit, Girl Rising. Published in both Swahili and English, Go Stella Go! will be made available for free to 650,000 children currently reading on NABU’s low bandwidth reading app across Central and East Africa.

HP formed the collaboration between NABU and Girl Rising as part of their PATH (Partnership and Technology for Humanity) Initiative, which aims to accelerate digital equity for 150M people by 2030. “It is an exciting partnership with a deeply meaningful goal,” says Tanyella Evans, NABU’s executive director. “Our mission is to solve the global illiteracy crisis, which currently affects 250M children who have no access to books in their mother tongue.

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The launch of Go Stella Go! marks the start of a broader partnership between NABU and HP to tackle the challenge of digital equity. HP is also sponsoring the development of a major creative hub in the Kigali Public Library in Rwanda, where over 200 African authors and illustrators will be trained each year by NABU in digital content creation and illustration skills.

“The HP Creative Lab will also provide economic empowerment as local creators develop sought after
digital design and communication skills” says Tanyella Evans, NABU’s executive director.

The launch of Go Stella Go! marks the start of a broader partnership between NABU and HP to tackle the challenge of digital equity. HP is also sponsoring the development of a major creative hub in the Kigali Public Library in Rwanda, where over 200 African authors and illustrators will be trained each year by NABU in digital content creation and illustration skills.

On October 1st-3rd, Girl Rising will bring together their global community for their second annual International Day of the Girl Summit. Featuring young activists, speakers, artists and celebrity guests, attendees can participate in live interactive workshops, meet the Girl Rising team, and connect with inspiring leaders who are tackling the most pressing issues of our time.

Go! Stella Go! Is the first in a series of collaborations to create content on key issues. I Love Being Me, co-authored by Japanese influencer Jessica Michibata, is also due to be released this month, exploring how racism and xenophobia affect Asian-American children.

Information on print copies of Go Stella Go! will be available on the NABU website at https://www.nabu.org. All proceeds will go to support the work of the Girl Rising and NABU in producing more books in a female empowerment collection of stories.

About Nabu

NABU is a non-profit organization, with a mission to solve the global literacy crisis so that every child can read and rise to their full potential. Disrupting the cycle of poverty, they leverage technology to publish children’s books for free on digital platforms in mother tongue languages. To view future partnership efforts with HP on delivering digital equity to communities through the power of mother-tongue literacy, visit https://www.nabu.org

The nabu.org application can be used on iOS or any Android smart device with an operating system (OS) of 4.4 and above. Most community partners, such as schools, use a class set of 30 tablets which are easy
for young children to use, and can be circulated amongst classes.

About Girl Rising

Girl Rising creates content, including educational resources, award-winning films, books, television and radio programming focused on girls around the world, the challenges they face, and the courage they summon. The ignite action for girls’ education and gender equity by changing attitudes and harmful gender norms through programming and campaigns reaching families, communities, corporations, governments and the general public. Through collaboration with educators, schools, community organizations, businesses and non-profits globally, Girl Rising’s corporate and media partners extend their reach to millions. https://girlrising.org/

About HP Inc.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com.

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