Norwich charity send Kindles to Africa

A Norwich charity are piloting a scheme which will see reading facilities brought to Africa via the wonders of modern technology.

Yellowbric has started delivering eReaders, like Amazon's Kindle, to children in African schools.

The eReaders will function as electronic libraries by providing instantaneous access to the hundreds of free books now digitally available. Internet and email access will also be available through the devices.

The scheme kicks off on September 5, when Mnarani Primary School on the south Kenyan coast will see 20 eReaders deployed and their effectiveness monitored over the following 12 months.

Madam Ramtu, an English teacher at the school commented: 'These books will equip us with a lot of information, they will help us teach pupils English language, provide reference books for teaching English as well as story books that will help develop reading skills.'

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Co-founder Gavin Paterson said: 'The idea that you can place a device in a child's hand that can provide all the material required for their education is incredible.

'Yellobric are committed to ensuring that the full potential of each eReader is utilised for as many children as possible, and the environmental impact is minimised.'

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