Geographical Location: Zabol, Sistan & Balouchestan Province
Age-group: Preschool to third grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 955
Number of Teachers: 45
Start Date: Autumn 2015
Since the Autumn of 2015 by the supports of Omran Azaerstan Construction Company 300 students from Preschool to third grade of Elementary School, in Hejrat girls’ Elementary School and Solouki boys’ Elementary School in a deprived area in Zabol have been covered by the Read with Me project. This program which was planned for the academic year of 2015/16 has a special focus on literacy learning through literature.
In the second year of the project implementation in October 2016, the advanced workshops of RWM were held for 45 first-grade tutors and 655 children were added to the project. The project is implemented in Zabol in this year by the financial supports of SazvarSazeh Azarestan Co.
Zabol, covering 15,197 km² is located in the north-eastern part of Sistan & Balouchestan. It is in a 207 km distance from the center of the province and 1548 km from Tehran. It has an arid climate. It has a population of about 329,319.
RWM started its activities in Zabol in the academic year of 2015/16 by covering 258 children in Preschool and Elemantary School. Reading Aloud, Knowing children’s Literature and Quality Books, Story Elements, Artistic Activities (Dramatic arts, Making masks, scenes and puppets), Learning Sounds and Learning Alphabet and methods of documentation were the subjects of the first workshops held in these two schools.
In January 2016, the RWM experts paid a visit to these two schools, investigating the progress of the work, the strengths and weaknesses of the project and other problems and defects regarding Reading Aloud, Learning Sounds and Learning Alphabet. In March 2016, in addition to visiting some of the schools covered by the program, some supplementary courses were held.
The project was completed in May 2016 by holding a final conference in this town.