The Little Bird book for toddlers will be available on the Kupepo e-platform.
Eleven-year-old Diaco Taaeb’s younger brother loved hearing stories, so much so that their family had no more books to read to him. So, Diaco decided to write one – and now his work is expected to reach countless underprivileged children around the world.
Ahead of International Literacy Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday, GEMS Education Group CEO Dino Varkey lent his voice to Diaco Little Bird – A Book for Toddlers so that it can be shared as an audiobook around the world.
It will be uploaded to the charitable book-sharing platform Kupepo, which provides e-books to children who have limited access to libraries.
“As a father first and foremost, I am truly delighted to be able to support this useful charitable initiative which allows children around the world to share the joy of reading and discovering books,” said Varkey.
“At a time when the impact of the pandemic has caused disruptions in learning, especially in underdeveloped countries, and increased educational inequalities across the world, opportunities like this remind us of power and the immeasurable pleasure of reading and writing. “
Diaco, a 7th year student at GEMS Metropole School-Motor City, was delighted to have been a part of this unique initiative.
“It’s great to know that I’m helping other school kids get access to free books,” he said.
The student book donation campaign goes digital
Kupepo is the digital branch of an initiative started by Khushi Gadhia, a 5th grade student at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School (JPS) who came up with the idea of collecting old books and donating them to schools in Kenya for a Ramadan project.
As part of the “Old Books for New Eyes” project, used books were collected and donated to students aged 2-18. Donors can simply leave them in a box in front of JPS.
The books are collected and delivered to the Greater Nairobi Lions Club, which builds library shelves each time they receive books, then places the library in a needy school once they have collected 1,000 books. The project has now established 30 libraries in Kenya.
To increase the scope of the project, Khushi’s father, Vikesh Gadhia, founded a digital version and called it Kupepo.
Through Kupepo, students, staff and freelance authors can read a favorite book, or self-written book, for their peers in underprivileged schools around the world with one goal: to improve literacy, vocabulary and skills. children’s knowledge. To date, more than 120 books have already been registered for its digital library. Kupepo is open to receiving more entries.