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April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

SLS, a concept pioneered by PlanetRead is aimed at increasing the literacy levels in India. It uses the idea of subtitling lyrics of film songs on TV, in the ‘same’ language that they are sung.

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I’ve personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing how children get interested to listen to film songs, read the SLS and sing along and their want for more songs thus making them read more without them knowing that they are increasing their level of literacy.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would help PlanetRead increase their publicity through media and try to have SLS in more TV channels and programmes.

November 14, 2012

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April 30, 2011

PlanetRead is an amazing social venture that is doing an awesome job of promoting literacy among all in India. PlanetRead does subtitling with songs which is really a mere fun for all age groups. This... more

November 14, 2012

Here it proves that a simple yet efficient way can make a big difference. A brilliant idea to improve the literacy rate in India. i have seen their program in DD National Hindi and trust me it's really effective.

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2012

April 30, 2011

PlanetRead is an amazing social venture that is doing an awesome job of promoting literacy among all in India. PlanetRead does subtitling with songs which is really a mere fun for all age groups. This makes the individual read the subtitles and sing along thus promoting their reading abilities. Today everyone has access to television including slum areas giving easy accessibility to songs with subtitles. This simple yet innovative idea of Same Language Subtitling is making a good difference among the weak readers in our country.

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Even with all current music channels to which we have access now, am still an ardent fan of Rangoli in Doordarshan(a National TV channel in India) channel. Am keen about learning Hindi and these subtitles in the songs helped me a great deal to learn Hindi and have fun at the same time. Seriously people it's amazing that such subtitles can make a real difference in enhancing our reading abilities.

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I think PlanetRead should expand to reach all the languages in India

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I know by experience that subtitles greatly enhance reading ability in children. Watching kids' programs with subtitles in English is one factor other than reading books with them that has greatly contributed to my kids' reading skills. There is no doubt that SLS program of planetread will benefit a big portion of India's population that has not had chance to continue education or the time and leisure to sit down with books. Television in India reaches a greater number of people than even public libraries. Not only that, since most education in India is encouraged in English Medium, local language literacy gets a great boost through planetread's SLS program.

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I am a witness to the genuine fondness my kids have for BookBox stories and their eagerness to listen to these stories in other languages.This is so, inspite of the various other fast paced entertainments available to them.

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I guess, increase awareness about the availabilty and effectiveness of this program. Its reach has to be increased and ofcourse more so in Telugu :)

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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My volunteering experience has given me great satisfaction. It has given me good friends. I keep learning a great deal about story telling and passion for education through my continued contribution.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

PlanetRead is championing creative and effective literacy education in India nationwide. Employing the best aspects of modern technology, entertainment and informal education, it's making important inroads into the inequality that bars Indians who are illiterate. The PlanetRead team has developed a proven method of subtitling Bollywood subtitles in the languages spoken, christened Same Language Subtitling (SLS). This simple change reinforces association between what is spoken/sung and what is on the screen, eventually leading to greater recognition of letters, words and then reading.

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The PlanetRead Team included some of my most important teachers in carrying out development work. They taught me about traveling into the field to do research, about the challenges facing low-income Indians and about what can be achieved through successful teamwork. Through their patience and wisdom, I fell in love with their country, their work, and living overseas. India is an incredible country that I will always feel connected to, because of PlanetRead. Thank you!

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Help them bring PlanetRead to more countries!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

The first and only organization of the kind I have come across that combines fun, entertainment, literacy and outreach in a very simple innovative manner!
I had the opportunity to volunteer for an awesome event and do some fundraising for PlanetRead and it was so much fun and a great learning
experience!! Everyone who work for PlanetRead believe in the cause and put in their maximum (which is a lot) to make it come to life. I hope they are able to reach many more places and educate & entertain many more people.

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Being able to enjoy songs in multiple languages

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the collection of songs and reach of the organization

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