Geographical Location: Central part of South Khorasan
Age-group: Preschool and first grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 736
Number of Teachers: 34
Start Date: October 2014
The Read with Me project covered 266 children in Preschool, 470 in Elementary School and a total of 736 children in Birjand. The project started with training 12 Preschool, 22 Elementary School and a total of 34 tutors and teachers.
Birjand is the Capital of South Khorasan province. This city joined the Read with Me project in 2014/15. The project has covered 266 Preschool, 470 Elementary School and a total of 736 children. After joining the project, the first RWM workshop was held for 12 Preschool and 22 Elementary School and a total of 34 teachers on 13-14 November 2014. Altogether, four workshops were held in this date: “Quality Book, Reading Aloud and Story Elements”, “Art workshop” (How to set a scene for a book), “Learning Sounds & Learning Alphabet” and “Art workshop 2” (How to make a mask). The first visit of the schools from the RWM experts was scheduled in January 2015, in which the experts evaluated the progress of the tutors and the impact of the project on the children’s improvements in speech, cognitive skills and their personality developments. They also helped the tutors with their questions and problems.
On 24-27 February of the same year, the second set of workshops were held for the tutors including “Learning Alphabet and Learning Sounds 2”, “Songs and Rhythm”, “Story Elements”, “Reading Aloud” and “Living Values 1,2”. Moreover, in the summer of 2015, two groups of selected teachers and tutors of South Khorasan traveled to Tehran for a three-day stay. In these three days, they participated in the advanced workshops of RWM. The first day included workshops about “The Environment”, “Children’s Literature and Quality Books”, “Children’s Book Illustration and Teaching Rhetoric Techniques” and “Reading Aloud”. The second day included advanced workshops on “Reading Aloud”.
By the beginning of the academic year of 2015/16, RWM also started its second year of activities in Birjand. In 17-18 December 2015, advanced workshops including “The Environment and Books”, “The Dictionary of Riddles Workshop” and “Marionette” were held for Preschool tutors.
In mid-March 2016, supplementary workshops were held in this city in which teachers, tutors and a number of school principals participated. These workshops included: “Reading Aloud”, “Learning Sounds 2”, “The Dictionary of Riddles Workshop”, “Living Values”, “The Environment” and “The Globe of Peace”.
A final conference at the end of the academic year was held in May 2016 at the House of the Teachers of Birjand in which 95 Preschool tutors and teachers from Birjand, Khusf and Darmiyan who had been involved in the project for 2 years were praised for their performance.