Celebrating International Literacy Day

Taking place annually around the world, International Literacy Day shines a light on the importance of literacy as a human right. It calls for increased efforts in the advancement of the literacy agenda towards a more literate, equitable and sustainable society.

Under this year’s theme “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”, the 40K family got together to help raise awareness of the importance of accessible literacy education and digital learning opportunities for all.

Unfortunately, amid the COVID19 crisis, the rapid shift to online learning has magnified the inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities in many regions across the globe. It has been a reminder of the critical importance of inclusive, technology-enabled learning that leaves no-one behind.

At 40K, we are proud to play a part in empowering children in under-served, under-resourced communities across India, Cambodia and beyond, and continue our commitment towards the important mission—narrowing the digital divide.

Please join us in wishing our students, and all children across the globe, a happy International Literacy Day!

The 40K Foundation is a registered charitable organisation. Your donations will help us to advance our mission in providing meaningful English literacy education and digital learning opportunities to children in low-resource communities.

Marking the end of a four-year partnership

Thanks to the generous support of the Australian Government, the 40K Foundation has improved access to quality English literacy education for thousands of children in both India and Cambodia.

Last month marked the end of the 40K Foundation’s partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) InnovationXchange. From the time we won the Google Impact Challenge ‘Technology Against Poverty Prize’ in 2017, and continuing through the MIT Solve ‘Workforce of the Future’ challenge, the Australian Government has so graciously stood by us, helping us to chart a path forward and bringing us to where we are today.

Reflecting on the dynamic four-year partnership, 40K Group CEO, Swetha Prakash said:

“The 40K family is immensely grateful for the constant support and guidance we have received from the Australian Government. It has been a collaboration in the truest sense; one based on mutual respect, a strong desire to make a difference, and an unwavering commitment to solve complex problems together.”

Thank you to the Australian Government and to all of the team at DFAT for your generous support!

Support our students through COVID-19: Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Baseline testing being undertaken in a Cambodian 40K partner school earlier this year.

It’s a trying time for our 4,000+ students in Cambodia. 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures has reversed decades of economic progress. Extreme poverty has come roaring back across the countryside, and existing inequalities between rural and urban households have expanded greatly.

All the while, school closures have effectively locked children out of school. Where those in middle-class urban households have been able to access online programs, our students in low-income rural households are falling further and further behind.

While we at 40K have been quick to adapt to the ever-evolving situation, working tirelessly to develop learning solutions that our students can access on a parent’s phone, we admit that these are no replacement for our technology-aided classroom lessons.

This is why it’s so important that students can jump straight back into the PLUS English program as soon as schools reopen, picking up right where they left off. That their families are currently unable to afford the $1 monthly contribution should not stand in the way of them resuming the lessons they enjoy so much and gain so much from.

By making a tax-deductible* donation, you can help us waive the monthly contribution for students whose families have been hit hardest by COVID-19. For every dollar you donate, you will enable one child to participate in PLUS English lessons for a month at no cost to their struggling families. 

On behalf of the students and their families, we thank you for your support during this difficult time.

*All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible in Australia.

Transforming lives: Arunny’s story

Classroom of children learning English in Cambodia.
“I want to spend as much time as I can on the tablet because it motivates me to want to learn more,” ~ Arunny

15-year-old Arunny is in the seventh grade at a small school in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. She is the oldest of four children and is the first member of her family to attend high school. 

Arunny’s story is one of many that has been positively transformed by the PLUS English program. Through its interactive platform and teachings, PLUS English hopes to continue supporting dreams and bringing opportunity to children like Arunny across Cambodia.