A Message from the Founder, Sophie —
As an educator in Southeast Asia, I struggled to find contextualized learning materials that catered to the various ethnicities of my students. I was left with no choice but to build my own learning materials that could foster greater engagement for literate and illiterate students.
That’s when I discovered the power of simple, contextualized cartoons.
Everyone likes cartoons, especially the ones that look like them.
It started with just a few Rohingya-specific flashcards with a small group of Rohingya refugees in southern Thailand. The engagement in our classes transformed. For the first time ever, our Rohingya friends were being represented in cartoon form along with their traditions, food, and everyday lifestyle. A perfect learning tool paired with cultural preservation.
Books Unbound was born.