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KPMG and Worldreader pioneer reading and literacy on Pemba Island, Tanzania with the opening of a new library

KPMG and Worldreader open library on Pemba Island

KPMG International and Worldreader have joined forces to help advance literacy.


Global Head of Communications

KPMG International


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KPMG International and Worldreader announce they have joined forces to help advance literacy in Tanzania. Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, both organisations invest in solutions to help close the literacy gap.

KPMG and Worldreader have now teamed up in the village of Kiuyu Mbuyuni, in the Micheweni region of northern Pemba, part of Tanzania's Zanzibar archipelago to support KPMG's 10 year commitment to the Millennium Village Project (MVP) with the opening of a library with access to hundreds of local and international digital books through Worldreader e-readers.

There are over hundred million youth worldwide that lack basic literacy skills. This lack of skills impact their job prospects and perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Through the launch of the collaboration between KPMG and Worldreader, the two organisation plan to work together to harness the power of education and technology to unlock the potential for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world and to enhance their employability. Because for every US$1 invested in an additional year of schooling generates US$10 in earnings and health benefits in low income countries.

“Education is one of the most influential drivers of economic growth and prosperity in our generation and for generations to come. In a world of growing socio-economic division and increasing distrust in government, we, as business leaders, have an opportunity - and a responsibility - to help create a better future for those around us, especially empowering the young through targeted literacy development programs that boost learning and skills, and will help secure better work opportunities, and the freedom to enjoy life as a reader” said Dr. Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG International.

“Helping people read and become avid readers is a grand task that can only be achieved through multi-sector partnerships," said Colin McElwee, co-founder, Worldreader. “Expanding reading programs and ultimately helping people improve their lives in Tanzania is a goal that we are honored to undertake with a prestigious partner such as KPMG International. We look forward to experiencing the positive results in the community and beyond.”

About Worldreader

Worldreader is a global nonprofit whose mission is to help the world read. The organization provides students and their families with a free digital library available on e-readers and mobile phones, complemented with a suite of reading support programs. Since 2010, over 8 million people across 48 countries have read from their digital library of over 35,000 local and international e-books. Worldreader works with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities to help readers worldwide.

To read free books on your mobile phone, visit For more information on Worldreader, please visit

About KPMG

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

Read more about KPMG's commitment to the Kiuyu Mbuyuni MVP here (PDF 2.25 MB).

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