NBA is researching the cost of producing storybooks in local languages. Because NBA believes that maintaining the vitality of the indigenous content creation industry is a key priority, it is circulating a questionnaire to document costs. Donors and governments purchasing local books understand that openly licensed resources may be free to the user, but they still cost money to produce.
Creation of Reading Resources
Explore the costs and processes for creating digital and print storybooks.
The questionnaire above was also translated to French and circulated to publishers in Francophone Africa.
This presentation was created for the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) workshop in Nairobi on National Book and Reading Policies for Africa from 17th to 19th June 2019. The presentation addresses issues related to the cost of storybook creation and adaptation of storybooks.
This is a PowerPoint presentation on Mango Tree’s methodologies for teaching literacy to young children in Northern Uganda.
Primer Construction Manual and Teacher Trainer's Guide
The Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem examines how to use open licensing to promote quality learning resources for young children that are relevant and interesting.
The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) and NBA developed a short online course for African librarians and library staff, based on the findings of a survey conducted in 2021. The main course objectives were to:
These best practice quality recommendations for children’s books are a product of the public-private partnership of the REACH Project. They are intended for use by publishers during book creation, development, and production, as well as by purchasers and librarians for collection development.
With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and as part of its work on the early literacy ecosystem and open licensing, Neil Butcher & Associates (NBA) is conducting research into the successful sharing of alternative content creation and distribution models that harness open licensing.
Openly licensed resources are ‘free’ to access, but there are significant creation, adaptation, production, and use costs. The long-term sustainability of local-language publishing requires that these costs be met fairly, using financial models that will enable people to establish, grow, and maintain effective content creation organizations.