UNIVERSITY CLUB

READ-A-THON

Team up with University clubs on your campus to narrate storybooks and gift your voice this December!

University Read-a-Thon

Create impact with just voice in as little as 5 minutes!

Narrate books on Simbi!

Make a positive impact!

Earn volunteer hours!

University Read-a-Thon

Gift your voice!

This December, we’re inviting University clubs to team up and narrate books on Simbi to help others learn all around the world! Help us reach our goal of narrating 250 books!

  • Come together with your club and gift your voice to over 50,000 learners, including 37,000 remote and refugee students using BrightBoxes!
  • Any device, any location, just your voice!
  • Earn volunteer hours!

Resources

Read-a-Thons are easy! Here’s everything you’ll need:

1. Sign up link!

Want to engage your club in a free Simbi Foundation Read-a-Thon and gift your voices this December?

2. Watch the video!

Watch the video to learn about how your voice can make an impact, and how to get narrating on Simbi!

3. Start Narrating!

Download the guide, share it with your club, start narrating, and keep track of your impact with Simbi’s weekly Impact Report!

Resources

Read-a-Thons are easy! Here’s everything you’ll need:

1. Sign up link!

Want to engage your club in a free Simbi Foundation Read-a-Thon and gift your voices this December? 

1. Sign up link!

Want to get join students around the country in the Simbi Foundation School Read-a-Thon and gift your voice this December?

1. Sign up link!

Want to get join students around the country in the Simbi Foundation School Read-a-Thon and gift your voice this December?

Try Narrating!

3. BrightBox

Simbi Foundation takes your narrations, and uploads them to BrightBoxes in Uganda and India! 

4. Read Along!

Remote and Refugee students using BrightBoxes can now read along to Simbi narrations, supporting them on their learning journeys!

How does it work?

How does your voice create an imapct?

1. Narrate

You spend 5 minutes of your time narrating short digital storybooks on the Simbi reading platform!

2. Upload

Your narrations are uploaded to Simbi’s online library, accessed by students in 60 countries around the world!

Try Simbi as a learner!

How does it work?

How does your voice create impact?

1. Narrate

You spend 5 minutes of your time narrating short digital storybooks on the Simbi reading platform!

2. Upload

Your narrations are uploaded to Simbi’s online library, where students in 60 countries around the world can read along to your narrations!

Try Narrating!

3. BrightBox

Simbi Foundation takes your narrations, and uploads them to BrightBoxes in Uganda and India! 

4. Read Along!

Remote and Refugee students using BrightBoxes can now read along to Simbi narrations, supporting them on their learning journeys!

See what readers see!

OPPORTUNITY

Take impact further and help convert your voice into physical BrightBox tech!

Feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and family! The more narrators, the greater the impact!

Learn more about Read-a-Thons.

Got questions about a club Read-a-Thon? Check out the answers here!

How does my voice create an impact?

Your voice can make an impact in two unique and exciting ways when reading with Simbi!

First, once your narrations have been processed and uploaded to Simbi’s online Global Library, internet-connected readers from 60 countries will be able to choose to Read Along to your narration, helping them build reading fluency!

Second, we also take every narration and manually add them to Simbi Foundation BrightBoxes in an offline format, making Simbi and all of its narrations accessible for remote and refugee learners in Simbi Foundation partner communities.

How do I get my club excited to narrate books?

As well as using the resources on this webpage, tell them about the positive impact that you’re making with just your voice!

Will I get volunteer hours for a Read-a-Thon?

Yes! At the end of a Read-a-Thon, Simbi Foundation will provide you with Certificate of Recognition!

And there’s more! Whether individually, or with friends, family, or coworkers, you can keep reading with Simbi long after a Read-a-Thon, gain more volunteer hours, request a volunteer certificate, and recieve a weekly Impact Report, which shows you who’s been reading along to your narrations, and where!

Which books need to be narrated?

Simbi has thousands of titles in its library, many of them children’s storybooks that focus on building reading fluency! A lot of these books have yet to be narrated. To access these books, all you need to is click the ‘Require Narration’ checkbox in the top right corner in order to display all the books that need narrating!

Of course, just because a book has already been narrated by somebody, that doesn’t mean that you can’t narrate it as well! Once again, the more narration, the more choice for learners around the world.

What happens to my narration once I've finished recording?

Once you’ve finished reading, your narration will be reviewed by the Simbi team, just to make sure that everything’s smooth and ready for upload to the Global Library!

After the review, your narration will appear on the Global Library, within the book that you narrated, ready for students around the world to Read Along with.

English is my second language, can I still narrate?

Absolutely! We welcome speakers with all variation, accents, and dialects of English to narrate with Simbi. Why? Because we believe that there’s no single way of speaking English, and want to make sure that any learner, anywhere, can have the choice to Read Along to an accent, dialect, or voice that they want to, can relate to, or with which they are familiar. Therefore, the more variation of narrators, the more choice for learners around the world! 

Why English? While the Simbi languages library is growing, we at Simbi Foundation focus on providing support with learning English because our partner communities in Uganda and India follow a national English-language curriculum.

Will my weekly Impact Report show how many remote and refugee learners have been reading along to my narrations?

At the moment, we are only able to show you your narrations’ statistics for online Simbi users, and not for remote or refugee offline users, since many Simbi Foundation partner communities are remote and without reliable internet access. That’s why our BrightBox solutions provide access points to quality, relevant, and offline learning content.