Planetread

Rating: 4.78 stars   51 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 26, Manor Drive, Piedmont CA 94611 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It is truly tragic that so many people around the world cannot experience so many things in life because they cannot read or write. It’s also tragic that many people who do take that for granted. The work of PlanetRead is admirable in every way possible and I wish them the best of luck in all their future projects!

As a volunteer translator and narrator for BookBox, one of PlanetRead’s many activities, I feel great satisfaction in taking part of what is a great movement to increase literacy worldwide! The BookBox team is very dedicated to their work and very flexible with their volunteers, and it is a pleasure to aide them in their mission, while enjoying what I do, because let’s face it, children stories are always fun to play around with!

If you ever have the chance to volunteer for BookBox or any other PlanetRead project, you should not only think of their hard work and noble mission, but also of all the unfortunate illiterate people who could benefit from your work, and go for it!

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Definitely

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Its mind boggling and a simple idea to improve literarcy around the world with cost effective strategies build in. To start with an Asia country, its better to start off. When i came to know of this service i was awe inspired. FUN with education is the basic which i will always love to be part of.

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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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is good to educate with entertainment. No one will get bored with this kind of learning. It will improve our reading skills. Great work! Keep it up! Spread it all over the world!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

PlanetRead is continuing to help millions of people all over India to improve their literacy. SLS has become a proven method. Several years of research vouches for it. And now it is time for the Indian Government to notice this innovative idea and make it as a national policy so that at least one program per language has SLS in it. The idea of SLS for improving literacy should not be underestimated.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

SLS is an innovative idea to improve literacy. And with SLS songs coming on a national TV channel, it reaches to several million people. Helping many of them to practice and improve their reading skills. In India, where the film songs are quite popular, SLS is quite useful as common people also sing along as they see on TV. Plus with many Indian women living as home-makers, have poor access to reading materials. SLS Songs are a boon for them to improve their language skills. This should be done in all major song programs to maximize the benefit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Had a look at the PlanetRead videos with general public and experienced how they enjoyed the songs-with SLS.

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

Get more feedback from schools and public and improve the work done by PlanetRead.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very proud to rejoined in Planetread organization. It is different from other non governmental organization. Same Language Subtitling is good concept, It will improve the literacy level.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A very simple yet efficient way to promote literacy, having fun improving reading abilities or learning a new language.

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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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!

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