PlanetRead is an innovative way to improve one's language. With the help of SLS and daily practice we can achieve global literacy.
BookBox is an absolutely fab tool for lg teachers. The stories are so smart with their universal punchlines that I'm using them as a warm-up story for business-related topics. My students love the idea and find it a fun add-on to a regular class.
Good work by good people, spreading literacy in an innovative, inventive way.
Keep up the good work!
Michael Koot (Avitra, language services provider)
As a volunteer translator I feel very happy to offer my collaboration for this non profit organization.
In my view, to help the children learning reading and writing is to give them the tools for self knowledge and lifelong education.
What will make this world a better place to live in?
Right education brings in knowledge, awareness, confidence, better exposure and reasoning power, and much more to an individual, which in turn reflects on the society by bringing in sustainability; diminishing social, communal, and gender bias; raising living standards; boosting cleanliness, health, and hygiene; and contributing to its overall progress.
In India, there are millions of adults belonging to the lower strata of society, who can’t even read—or, maybe, can barely do that thanks to National Literacy Mission’s effort. They need to be made literate first. How can anybody make about 300 million+ people literate and more importantly give them regular reading practice that they stay literate?
India has the largest film industry in the world, Bollywood. The richest to the poorest in India likes Bollywood songs (avg. 5 songs/film). TV channels broadcast film songs. Almost all have access to TV sets. Put subtitles in the same language as the song and people will read, subconsciously, that they can learn the lyrics and enjoy the song better. Product: Entertainment, a new song learnt. Byproduct: Literacy! Does that sound like a viable solution?
Of course it does! Awesomely simple and extremely frugal and effective! Well, the only better alternative I can think might be a device that can manipulate people’s brains and mass transmit knowledge directly into them; a variant of the one they use in the film, MIB…one that instills rather than erases knowledge perhaps!
But, who’s behind this idea of subtitling?
PlanetRead; they have been doing it for years now. That’s why I support them.
I rest my case.
PlanetRead is really making the Planet read. The organization is striving hard to make its name come true by the innovative and fun-filled idea of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) to popular bollywood songs which will reach the people's minds rapidly faster all over the world and unknowingly making them to read the newspaper of their language. This idea of SLS to make people read which in spite increases the rate of literacy is something very new and different concept. It is really working out and all sorts of people like early literates, alliterates, illiterates finding it beneficial throughout the country.
The most amazing thing attracted me a lot in this concept is that it paves a way for the people to read and learn other languages too by providing along with the translation and transliteration of the particular language instead of restricting them only to their own language which is very helpful and a fantastic thought.
I am very proud and thankful to Brij Kothari, the founder of PlanetRead, and the team for giving us this awesome concept for a social cause!
I have worked with Planet Read as a Translator for articles on various subjects and also educational videos for children. It has been a great learning experience. Working with the team at Planet Read has been very cordial and enriching as the team is always willing to extend their help and are also open to new suggestions. Thanks Planet Read !
What amazes me about PlanetRead's innovation is the simplicity of the idea. Education through staple entertainment and that gives automatic reading practice. With about 300 million illiterates, India is still one of the fastest growing economies, imagine what we can do if the whole nation is literate. PlanetRead has an amazing team and they truly believe in what they are doing. The idea has great potential and they should find ways to scale up.
What's the difference between a man and an animal? Education of course! It's a virtue none of us can live without. And if you observe the world around us, you'll realize that the lack of (right) education is the root cause of all anarchy in the world. We know that the first step of education is literacy. And how many illiterates are there in the world today? 900 million!!! PlanetRead, I came to know, reach out to 200 MILLION early literates and make them functional literates while they enjoy their favorite film songs! How is it done? Just by subtitling those film songs! If that's not impressive, then what is? Being an Indian, I am proud that such an NGO is working in my country, to make India literate. I wish them all the success in their good work and hope that they'll be able to expand their work globally so that we have a fully literate and better world.