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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Same Language Subtitles are simple, yet an incredible tool to learn to read a language. SLS are easy to read and produce; it should be implemented everywhere! PlanetRead and BookBox apply SLS in the right places, too - Bollywood and children's stories - both highly popular now and will be deep in the future. No doubt SLS can prevent illiteracy around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlanetRead are an innovative organisation that are creating a new generation of literate people across India. Few organisations on the planet have created a solution that is so simple that it really could change the world. PlanetRead are a truly inspiring organisation, full of great people, and with your help, they could change the lives of readers all over the world.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Good work by good people, spreading literacy in an innovative, inventive way.
Keep up the good work!
Michael Koot (Avitra, language services provider)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What amazes me about the SLS concept is the fun way in which it spreads literacy in a subliminal yet powerful way. We Indians love our movie songs and what better way than to teach language through a medium no one can resist? Pure genius.

I salute the selfless volunteers and staff of Planet Read, keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think it's really amazing what PlanetRead is doing ! Being certified literate is useless when a person is unable to read or write everyday stuff. SLS is indeed a very innovative technology that entertains and educates people at the same time. And it's effective because a good part of the Indian population thrives on Bollywood. I really wish to be a volunteer for this incredible mission sometime soon.
By building more efficient human beings, we are directly creating a better tomorrow !
Hats off to you !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a BookBox volunteer for my language, Telugu. I am inspired to volunteer for it for 2 reasons: Quality and Service. BookBox stories are of great quality. Their attention to details that contribute to its quality and the persistence and patience with which they achieve it, impresses me and inspires me. The motive of service by making literacy not just kid friendly but people friendly in general, through planet read is is what makes it dear to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey guys!! It is a nice platform for learning multiple languages.
When I came to Bangalore I understood Kannada & Hindi is must to survive here apart from English. Hence My roommates and I decided to learn new languages. some wants to learn tamil too.. Received suggestions from many to watch movies and songs, as this is the way to learn languages easier. Finally we ended up with PlanetRead. Their new way subtitle helped a lot. Days passing and we started humming and slowly singing whatever we get. We hope moving forward we will be speaking different languages and could able to understand the languages as PlanetRead made them easy, fun while learning languages. Thats just the way we learn. Whole INDIA is learning along with you guys. Cheers!! Just Enjoy madi!!! Masti karo!!! ;) Learning never exhausts the mind. ~Da Vinci

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for this exemplary work of promoting the gift and power of literacy to millions of people all over the world, I have truly been gratified to lend my voice and any other literary skill asked for to this brilliantly simple but efficient technique. I have a feeling of touching the lives of children when I narrate their stories and it is most enthusing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with PlanetRead as a volunteer for almost over a year now. All the team members, with utmost professionalism, have proactively guided different projects that I've been involved in. I'm sure to continue volunteering with PlanetRead in varying capacities moving forward, and remain associated with the great work that they've been doing in the field of education!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very cost effective program and can be used in India and all over the world for literacy development. The simplicity of using film songs that are watched by millions of people every day ... is a great way to help people improve their reading skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since many years I have been working for BookBox, which is an off-shoot of PlanetRead. I have been helping them translate and record some stories into French. I am happy to do it free of cost but not free of joy! This project helps people feel part of the greater picture of reading and literacy development around the world. The stories are interesting, sensitive, instructive and fun. The illustrations are charming, and give a boost to the joy of learning.
I wish all the PlanetRead team the most wonderful future, and thank them for the great work they are doing. Cristof Alward. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with PlanetRead for a year in a volunteer capacity. I've gotten to learn a lot about the organization and some of its key team members, and have always been extremely impressed by their passion and professionalism- which combined set the stage for much success. I will continue working with this organization as I know they are focused on a great cause and achieving great results, and would encourage others to do the same!

2 Siddharthan S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been associated with Planet Read for nearly 3 years. They are good professionals and show good attitude in approaching the issues. Their work in the education field is exemplary.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What will make this world a better place to live in?
Education.

How?
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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What better way to practice reading skills than singing along with your favourite song with lyrics that appear and get highlighted in perfect sync with the songs? PlanetRead's simple idea of Same Language Subtitling which started with television, is now poised to grow manifold with the rising popularity of internet-enabled smartphones. This idea will spread across all countries and promote literacy in a fun way on a shoestring budget and is truly worthy of being supported.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been watching the Rangoli program on India's national television channel for several years now and the entire experience of watching the show is enhanced by the same language subtitles that change colour exactly in sync with the audio. This initiative by PlanetRead and the entire concept of SLS is among the most innovative and simple ways of using mass media to bring about meaningful social change by educating the early Indian literates by providing them reading practice. In terms of per capita investment, it seems like one of the cheapest ways of promoting literacy and is an idea that should be implemented in many more countries.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Planetread is a very simple concept which can touch and change the lives of many, on a large scale, for the better.

As it is simple , it can be implemented easily for a large mass of people.

Many more nations should take this concept and implement it for their population.

Advisor

Rating: 4

PlanetRead is a Nonprofit organisation with a unique process for a great project and aim. Their motto says it all - "Literacy for a Billion". The idea of SLS (Same Language Subtitling) to educate is so SIMPLE, and so unique. Songs are popular worldwide - be they movie songs, Music videos, Anthems, Childhood rhymes, Poems, etc and the fact that they are now being used to 'literate' large numbers of illiterate populace is indeed highly commendable. Their numerous recognitions are ample proof of the greatness of this simple idea, and Team PlanetRead deserves a pat on their back for this initiative.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Ideas that are simple and innovative can create a great impact - PlanetRead has proved just that. With the simple idea of subtitling Bollywood songs telecast on national TV, Brij Kothari and his Team are paving way for the weak readers to become functional readers. I am sure this will have a direct impact in the literacy levels of our country, very soon.