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With smartphone usage set to triple over the next 5 years, NABU is committed to making children’s books accessible to every child in the world by 2030. NABU’s diverse partnerships with government, education partners, and other nonprofit organizations support our efforts eradicating illiteracy for good.
One of Australia’s leading children’s organisations, UNICEF Australia, has partnered with NABU, an award-winning best practice literacy organization to help address the impact of COVID-19 on early grade literacy for children across the developing world. UNICEF works in over 190 countries to provide humanitarian and emergency support for the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. COVID-19 has affected 1.6 billion school children worldwide, with the closing of schools reducing the already limited access many children have to learning materials. Even before COVID-19, 250 million school children in low-income countries never achieve basic reading skills, costing an additional $129 billion per annum. A large part of this problem is the lack of culturally anchored, mother tongue learning resources. The hope is that this partnership will accelerate progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote learning opportunities for all. Click here to learn more.
Public Health England
In July 2020 in partnership with e-Bug, a free Public Health England (PHE) educational resource for classroom and home use, NABU created the story My Back to School Bubble. This book was created to fill the gap in age-appropriate resources to support children returning to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic helping to combat feelings of anxiety that had been reported by parents. The story reinforces public health messages including the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene while reassuring children that everyone makes mistakes, and that they are not alone. The book was created based on a rapid needs assessment which collected research from a network of PHE Children, Young People and Families Centre Leads, Early years settings group within PHE, Department for Education, Health protection teams, Local authority representatives, Healthy schools lead, teachers, parents, carers and their children. Click here to learn more.
Aga Khan Foundation
NABU partnered up with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) on a special adaption of a COVID-19 Health Collection book. This book addresses the anxieties and fears that may arise among children, parents, and caregivers during the pandemic. This is collaboration came about after a study conducted by AKF in Kenya, finding that children feel that life won’t be the same. The book seeks to open up the conversation for a joint solution between parents and their children. The Aga Khan Foundation East Africa (AKF EA) mission is to assist the poorest and most marginalized in society, with a special focus on women, girls, children, and the youth so that they can achieve a level of self-reliance and improved quality of life.