After a year of successful experiments in 2015, our projects have developed rapidly in France. With LWB’s oversight and expertise, many communities have acquired the Ideas Box: Calais, Paris, Sarcelles, Marseille, and the Department of Ille-et-Vilaine. LWB also works directly with local neighborhood associations such as Acelem in Marseille. By the end of 2016, we will have 15 Ideas Box projects running in France.
- Code Travelers, A Digital Literacy and Coding Program
Digital literacy and computer programming are key tools that empower children to be not just consumers of media, but also informed digital citizens. Through Code Travelers, Libraries Without Borders has put civic engagement and volunteering at the heart of our strategy to provide a broad swath of French youth with introductory computer programming courses. Across France, LWB’s digital literacy clubs are flourishing, offering highly-motivated young people the keys to understand today’s highly digital world, and to pursue careers in coding. Since 2015, LWB has overseen a network of 80 clubs initiated by libraries, neighborhood associations, schools, and businesses.
- The Khan Academy in French
Since 2013, LWB has partnered with Khan Academy to translate over 5,000 video lessons and adapt them to the French curriculum, creating a personalized learning platform with over 1.5 million French users.
LWB provides high quality educational resources in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and medicine that have been adapted to all grade-levels. Through our interactive web platform (available since September 2014), we provide students access to thousands of study materials, and offer teachers and parents an advanced tutorial method that allows them to monitor a child’s progress.
- The Ideas Box in the United States
Following a successful summer program in the South Bronx, New York in 2015, our US projects have grown steadily. The Detroit Mayor’s Office invited LWB to run an Ideas Box project of afterschool, weekend, and school holiday programming. In early 2017, we will launch a new mobile library program with the Oakland Public Library. LWB focuses its US programs on impoverished communities with low literacy rates and poor access to the internet, libraries, and other cultural resources.
- Portable Libraries : From Haiti to Cameroon
LWB has continued to develop its expertise in mobile libraries, most notably through the “Bibliotaptap” program in Haiti, where mobile libraries are set up on Haitian taxis (the “taptaps”) that circulate throughout the country, even on difficult roads. In Cameroon, LWB has worked with two partners—CLAC, a cultural organization and LWB partner of over seven years, and the Ministry of Culture—in building two multi-media buses in Yaounde and its neighboring areas.