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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think Planetread's work excels both in content and quality. Their daughter organization BookBox has great potential in e Learning. Their stories are excellent and the quality devoted to the work is of a very high standard. I know some people who have actually been inspired to learn a new language watching BookBox stories. BookBox's potential is immense in this new era of online learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Uttam M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An unbelievable concept, a small tool, and a few, very few good peoples can make this entire planet different, where everybody can read.
Truly speaking, when i joined this Organization, I was not very sure that this concept can work. But within a year when I see a girl who never gone to school nor read a book is reading a news paper my concept got changed.
Best of luck PlanetRead

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know about the initiatives being taken by Book Box, which is part of PlanetRead, and was stunned completely. Today, most of us think that just to put one's signature assures that one is a literate; however, actually literacy has nothing to do with one's signature. Increasing literacy rate in a country like India could be a daunting task, but thanks to Book Box, who are doing a great job with their well-balanced team and have made this arduous task rather easy. To even think of such an idea is truly appreciative and the team completely tries to give in their best shot by applying their thoughts into actions. Education and fun go hand-in-hand here and this is all due to PlanetRead/Book Box's efforts. I hope they succeed in making our country "the highest literates in the world" country soon. Wishing all the best for their future endeavours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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 !

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As a graphics production consultant to Bookbox/Planetread and having shown the SLS video stories to many people i must say that it has been the most successful and naturally quick method to become literate. The co-founder and team are one of the best i have worked with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

As Ashoka's Volunteer Coordinator, I've had many occasions to hear about PlanetRead's needs and successes. Many of our volunteers are attracted to their work. They are always responsive and are obviously strong contributors to eradicating illiteracy!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a great idea for education. I am happy to support it

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am in the education field and I am still to find another method as simple and cost effective to propagate literacy such as the one PlanetRead uses. SLS is indeed a fun and subsconscious way to learn literacy!

Sweta M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

When I first hear about PlanetRead a few years ago, I was amazed by the simplicity of their work. Like many simple ideas, it's actually quite brilliant and has had an incredible impact on literacy levels around India. I remember first hearing about the organisation while I was at Stanford University, and as a fan of appropriate technology I loved the fact that it used already existing technologies (and behaviours) to enhance reading skills in an extremely clever way. The team at PlanetRead are amazingly dedicated, smart and creative, and as committed as anyone I have met to their cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know some of my friends who work at PlanetRead and it's really great to see the commitment they have towards spreading literacy. Their idea is so simple and brilliantly executed. I have seen these programs on TV in my mother tongue and it's really nice.