Kobo and Free The Children Help Promote Literacy of Aboriginal Youth
Kobo, a global leader in eReading, and Free The Children, today announced a year-long partnership focused on supporting literacy among Aboriginal youth in Canada. Both organizations share a commitment to making Reading more accessible and are working together to support literacy programs in Aboriginal communities across the country. Kobo has donated 3,500 of its award-winning Kobo Touch eReaders as well as $100,000 to develop a program designed to cultivate a love and passion for reading. The program includes a speaking tour to educate youth about literacy in Aboriginal communities and encourage them to explore their own culture through digital reading.
"Books not only enrich us individually by helping us to explore our own ideals and beliefs, but they also help us to express and celebrate our culture," said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. "At Kobo, we are committed to getting more people to read more often because - as booklovers ourselves - we know the impact reading can have in helping people, families, and communities develop. Our partnership with Free The Children is designed to empower youth across Canada to become active in their own learning, develop their imaginations, and explore the world through the written word."
The 25-stop speaking tour, beginning this fall, will help to educate and engage Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students on the importance of education and literacy skills, and its importance in building strong, empowered communities. The tour targets youth in grades five to 12, stopping at schools and Aboriginal community/friendship centres across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. Students will take part in workshops to learn about the role literature plays in storytelling and maintaining a strong cultural identity. As part of the tour, 3,000 Kobo Touch eReaders will be donated at each local school and/or community centre to make reading more accessible to the youth in these communities. Each Kobo Touch will be pre-loaded with books by Aboriginal authors such as Lightning Rider by Jacqueline Guest, Catching Spring by Sylvia Olsen, and Him Standing by Richard Wagamese.
Kobo and Free The Children will also support Frontier College, Canada's original literacy organization that delivers literacy programs to children, youth, and adults in communities across the country, by providing an additional 500 Kobo Touch eReaders to support existing programming.