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4 Ken Banks

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PlanetRead and the team behind it are an inspiration to me - a brilliantly simple idea well executed through tenacity, intelligence and good old-fashioned hard work. Theirs is a story of sticking with something they believed in, often in the face of great challenges, eventually coming through and inspiring the reading skills of literally millions of young children in India. I've been so impressed with their model and approach that they've been featured in both of my social innovation books - and because of that, I know their story resonates with many other people, too. One of my favourite NGOs, period.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

What if your child can watch cartoons/animations and learn to read too!

With increasing exposure to smartphones, tablets and TV throwing so much colour and animation, the lacklustre backboards and books have jaded out in keeping the already short attention span of new learners engaged. PlanetRead’s Same Language Subtitling (SLS) of film songs on TV and AniBooks with animated stories is a simple yet brilliant idea to help new learners and semi-literates acquire reading skills.

Eye-tracking studies in Europe and Rajasthan confirm that the reading of subtitles is automatic and inescapable. One tends to also read while listening to the song or story. It is indeed a win-win case for both parents/teachers and children alike. So go ahead parents, let the child have his cake and (you) eat it too!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Have been working with PlanetRead for a year now. They work tirelessly towards making the 'Reading' easy. Commendable work, keep it up team!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been engaged as a volunteer with PlanetRead for almost 5 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed my association and interactions with their several team members during this time. Furthermore, through co-managing probono consulting projects with PlanetRead, I know that other student and professional volunteers from universities and corporations in the US and India have equally appreciated PlanetRead's work.

I am proud to be connected with PlanetRead, and will continue to be an advocate of the great work they are doing in progressing the field of education!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with PlanetRead since 2013- initially based in India and now as a remote volunteer. PlanetRead is among the most professional nonprofits I have worked with, and has an incredibly dedicated staff which shows through in all of their work. Their concept leverages an innovative idea that is evidence-backed, and the organization is a role model for how to turn a creative idea into action. I look forward to continuing to serve as a volunteer with PlanetRead and to supporting their important work.

Arun2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Want to improve your language skills? PlanetRead would be the name which I'll immediately suggest to anyone. This organization helps in developing an individual's reading skills with the concept of 'Same Language Subtitling'. These people are rendering a wonderful service which is essential & much needed for a society to improve its literacy rate. My best wishes & support will always be there for this team. Keep growing PlanetRead! And lit your global light for literacy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Am really surprised & happy that this concept of 'Same Language Subtitling' creates wonders in increasing the literacy rate across the globe. PlanetRead helps in enhancing the language & reading skills of an individual through this effective & innovative technique. Am happy to support this organization for their wonderful service. You people deserve appreciation. Way to GO !

Kumar V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Planetread is doing wonderful work that really helps thousands of thousand children to access literacy and education in India and the world. The team is very professional and hard working. Wish them all the very best! Keep the momentum going on!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Planet Read during 6 month. All the team is involved and so welcoming. It was a pleasure to participate to this project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer in 2012. It was a positive and lovely experience. All the team loves Planet Read concept and works hardly to develop tools and videos.
Reading is an essential life skill. Thanks to Planet Read, learning how to read become easier, simple and funny. Reading is like a game. So, let' play ;-)

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1 Pamela B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fascinated by the power of transformation and passion that moves this non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PlanetRead's work using same-language subtitles for literacy has progressed immensely to encompass not just SLS for film songs on television but also SLS for animated books in an early-grade reading initiative. This unique idea has made a huge difference for people of all ages struggling to become proficient readers in a world that demands literacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer with PlanetRead and their sister organization BookBox for some years and It's the simplicity of the idea that has always amazed me. The simple idea of promoting literacy through Bollywood is inspiring and a novel way of introducing education through a very tangible medium. It's brilliant and has had an incredible impact on literacy levels around India. The team at PlanetRead and BookBox are amazingly dedicated, smart and creative, and as committed as anyone I have met to their cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have an extremely cordial and pleasant working relationship with PlanetRead. The team is helpful, professional, passionate and hard working. It is encouraging to see the concept of SLS being implemented in government schools of Delhi. We are hopeful that this will prove to be very beneficial for the children and help in improving their reading outcomes. I would like to wish the team all the very best for all their future endeavors.

4 Carolyn104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlanetRead has been working tirelessly for years to share the evidence that same-language subtitling really makes an impact on reading ability and to raise awareness of the need to add SLS to all media content in all languages. More and more people know about their work, and I hope that the word continues to spread. Thanks for your simple, scalable literacy efforts, PlanetRead!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlanetRead's work using same-language subtitles for literacy has expanded greatly in the past year to encompass not just SLS for film songs on television but also SLS for animated books in an early-grade reading initiative. This simple idea can make such a big difference for people of all ages struggling to become competent readers in a world that demands literacy. I'm thrilled to support the work of this great nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great time working with Planetread! They are doing wonderful work to help spread literacy across India and the world. Very proud of the progress they are making.

4 Tamar G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that has made so much impact on so many people. PlanetRead's simple idea of Same Language Subtitles has greatly improved India and has the potential to improve the rest of the world. Keep up the great work, PlanetRead!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization doing fabulous work! It's clear through years of studying the effects of Same Language Subtitling that PlanetRead changes lives for the better!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Writing a scientific paper about illiteracy in India, I found an article about PlanetRead. PlanetRead became an important part of that paper as it is simple and very effective.
I glad to have got to know such an great work! You all do a great job! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlaneTRead is doing fantastic work to improve access to literacy and education among otherwise underserved populations. Very excited to see its progress from here out as well!

1 Rajesh G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is doing a wonderful job that really helps hundreds of thousand people/children. I'm privileged to be a part of this amazing team. My job is to create music/sounds for children stories which is an interesting one and truly satisfying.

Having been with this team for past 2 years, i have seen them growing, improving lives of so many children and their interest in making full literacy. I've had immense joy working with them and will continue to work with them. My Best Wishes.

4 iroshankedar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a freelancer from a small village from India. Same language subtitling started on regional channels on tv when I was in school. And when you have very limited resources at your native place to practice, initiatives like same language subtitling can turn your idiot box in a smart learning center. It helped me and my siblings in reading.
Today I am preparing for a PhD in computer engineering. And I wish to work directly with PlanetRead.
For a starters I have started adding same language subtitles to different videos on YouTube.
I have used their videos and techniques to teach the children from night schools in Mumbai and using it now to teach my nephew.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With steady exposure to these songs with karaoke style subtitles, a person can improve their reading skills. Kudos to PlanetRead for showing us a simple and an effective way to improve literacy.

4 Idhaya

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Around the globe, people and companies work with different processes to improve the literacy of millions of people. PlanetRead is one such company, named after its goal.
The unique thing about PlanetRead is that it takes a very simple idea and with that it is able to provide improvement of literacy across millions of people in India.This is achieved through subtitling popular film songs loved by people. Superb...