First Book's three-year commitment to expand the First Book Marketplace will create a permanent supply pipeline of books and educational resources to establish and elevate programs and schools worldwide. First Book and its partners commit to achieve the following:
1) Offer extensive global content. The First Book Marketplace will offer 10,000 titles, including a wide spectrum of content globally including international print titles in multiple languages as well as eBooks, eLearning games, puzzles, calculators, and more.
2) Empower educators globally. First Book will create a Feedback Loop to give educators globally a voice in content creation, including filling current inventory and content gaps. First Book will also give educators fundraising resources such as online fundraising tools, to supply purchasing power expanding their access to culturally relevant books
3) Expand the network of schools and programs globally. First Book will elevate the quality of schools and programs worldwide by aggregating a network of 250,000 schools and programs serving ten million children and providing these educators with ongoing access for them to the best educational content.
This three year commitment will: distribute more than sixty million books, eBooks, and other educational resources ($500 million in retail value) to children in need; reach programs and classrooms serving ten million children annually and build for additional exponential growth; so that the First Book Marketplace will be a powerful resource center available to educators serving children in need everywhere.
Over the course of this three year commitment, the First Book Marketplace will offer a wide spectrum of content globally, including international print titles in multiple languages as well as eBooks, eLearning games, puzzles, calculators, and more.
In year one, First Book will negotiate global rights, acquire inventory acquisition, launch eBooks, and procure global content focused on women and girls. In the second year, the FBMP site will offer interactive educational games and eLearning content. It will also launch a mobile app and offer opportunities for publishers in other countries to offer local content via First Book Right-to-Sell arrangements. Additional content will be secured in year three.
Moreover, to create a feedback loop to give educators globally a voice in content creation, First Book will conduct a needs assessment and demand-side surveys, launch the First Book Feedback Loop, and offer expanded purchasing power to educators via online fundraising tools and matching incentives. In the second year, it will offer expanded fundraising tools and matching incentives for educators. Finally, year three will see the expansion of the First Book Feedback Loop to include blended rating system and feedback integration with curation partners.
Finally, to achieve its goal of elevating the quality of schools and programs worldwide by aggregating a network of 250,000 schools and programs serving ten million children and providing ongoing access to the best educational content, First Book will reach out to programs and classrooms globally via partner networks (including country-specific outreach in India), enhance its information architecture for expanded scope and integrate of third-party data systems. In year two, it will expand country-specific outreach to include Brazil and Middle East, roll-out predictive analytics tools, enhance market engagement resources, and expand supply chain integration and launch global logistics partnerships, which will be expanded in year three.
?One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.' -- Malala Yousafzai
On July 12, 2013, Malala called upon the United Nations to provide universal compulsory education for all children. Sadly, Malala and far too many other children know how challenging it is for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, especially girls, to gain access to educational resources.
Education is a game-changer. It is the most powerful tool promoting self-determination and equality. Yet, around the world there is one constant reality: low-income communities lack access to even basic educational resources, while their more affluent neighbors enjoy a rich supply.
The facts are compelling: One billion children worldwide live in poverty. Fifty-seven million of the poorest children in the developing world do not attend any primary school. The situation is toughest for girls growing up in poverty, who are challenged first by economics and second by a range of cultural restrictions and prejudices which prevent them from accessing books and critical educational resources.
The fact that educators serving the hardest-to-reach children around the world need more support is not new information. Neither is the fact schools in poverty-stricken areas are under-resourced or that the children attending these don't have access to enough books at home. What is new, however, is the opportunity to expand a proven supply pipeline arming educators with the tools they need to bring about a paradigm shift in the way they educate those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. First Book's commitment will do exactly this.
First Book seeks funding partners to expand their proven book and educational resource distribution model globally. When fully funded, this three year commitment will distribute more than sixty million books and other educational resources ($500 million in retail value) to children in need; reaching programs and classrooms serving 10 million children annually.
First Book seeks an additional US$8.1 million for this commitment. First Book is interested in working with potential funding partners to support smaller parts of this effort: country or region-specific projects or projects focused on particular content areas such as STEM, diversity related books and resources, or initiatives serving women and girls.