Tag Archives: Asia Foundation

Lets Read! digital library brings books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers access to minority language children’s books (August 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand)  In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare commodities, and children’s books in languages other than standard Thai are almost non-existent. For speakers of S’gaw Karen, a minority language spoken by nearly one million people primarily living in mostly […]


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Asia Foundation and National Library of Vietnam extend Books for Asia partnership

(4 August 2017, Hanoi)  The Asia Foundation and the National Library of Vietnam signed an agreement to extend their books donation partnership in support of Vietnamese libraries. Over the new five-year project period, which begins today, the Foundation will donate US$7 million worth of books, or 160,000 books, to the National Library and other libraries […]


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The dawn of a new day for reading in Cambodia

(23 March 2016) Cambodia marked its first National Reading Day on March 11 – a public event that calls on Cambodians to embrace a love of reading. The event was one of the many recent steps taken by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) to improve the quality of education in Cambodia. A […]


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Photo blog: Building digital libraries in Mongolia

(10 February 2016) The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia launched its Let’s Read! digital library pilot project in Ulaanbaatar this month. It addresses the shortage of age- appropriate books, in both Mongolian and English, and invigorates a culture of reading among children. This photo blog looks at the challenges many of the schools in Ulaanbaatar’s […]


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The Let’s Read! Asia Digital Library expands to Mongolia

(1 February 2016, Ulaanbaatar)  Today, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program; Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; and Library For All kick off Let’s Read! Mongolia, a children’s digital library that will deliver an entire library of stories into the hands of underprivileged students. This project builds upon the November 2015 launch of […]


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By van or tablet, mobile libraries are fixing Cambodia’s book crisis

(8 September 2015)  Books are out of reach for many Cambodians, writes Katie Wudel. But nearly a third own mobile devices. So it makes sense to start thinking of reading material as mobile, too. Check out this slideshow to find out how The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, in partnership with Library For All, is seeking scalable solutions to […]


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Books for Asia kicks off Let’s Read! Asia crowdfunding campaign to bring children’s digital library to Cambodia

(8 September 2015, San Francisco) This International Literacy Day, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia is launching a crowdfunding campaign to benefit the Let’s Read! Asia digital library, the international nonprofit’s first eBook donation project. A collaboration with the nonprofit Library for All, the library is one of the first of its kind in developing […]


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Using mobile technology to make local stories available in Cambodia

(17 April 2015) In Cambodia, books are out of reach for most children. A vicious cycle exists: families can’t afford to purchase books, which means local publishers don’t have the means to publish children’s books. Colorful, engaging storybooks that inspire a lifelong love of reading are frequently absent from schools and homes. Books for Asia, […]


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Australian Government, The Asia Foundation restock Tacloban school libraries

(22 July 2014, Tacloban City)   The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, in partnership with the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), donated 8,702 books to 11 elementary schools on 18 July in Tacloban City to help address the urgent need of students as they return for the new school year. The turnover activity is part […]


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Myanmar Library Survey

(27 June 2014)  The Myanmar Library Survey is the first in-depth nationwide study of the country’s public libraries. Commissioned by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), the survey aimed to establish a comprehensive, current picture of the Myanmar public library system to help inform the development of […]


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Myanmar publisher chosen as Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien fellow

(27 May 2014, San Francisco) Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, a prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar, has been awarded an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Kaung will engage with leaders in the U.S. publishing, library, and NGO fields […]


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Myanmar library survey highlights strengths, gaps in country’s information infrastructure

(Nay Pyi Taw,  2 February 2014)   The Asia Foundation and the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation today released the first-ever national survey of Myanmar’s public libraries in conjunction with the opening of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Library Development Forum 2014 in the nation’s capital with the theme “Libraries for Society.” The Myanmar […]


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