Geographical location: East of South Khorasan province
Age-group: Preschool and first grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 1412
Number of Teachers: 46
Start Date: October 2014
Darmian is limited to Ghaennat from North, Sarbisheh from South, Birjand from West and Afghanistan from East.
Read with Me started its activity in this town by covering 748 preschool and 664 Elementary school children (a total of 1412) in 2014. By continuous holding of the RWM workshops and visits to this region by the RWM experts, this project has extended its presence in Darmian in the academic year of 2015/16.
Darmian with Asadieh as its center is one of the most important regions in South Khorasan. It is located in the east of Birjand, south of Ghaennat and north of Sarbisheh.
Darmian joined the Read with Me project in 2014/15. The project covered 348 Preschool and 334 Elementary School and a total of 682 children in this town.
After joining the project, RWM workshops were held for 25 Preschool and 21 Elementary School and a total of 46 teachers on 28-29 November 2014. Totally, four workshops were held: “Quality Books, 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). After less than two months, RWM experts traveled back to South Khorasan to investigate the project’s development, they visited Read with Me covered centers in Darmian on 5-6 January 2015 and checked the progress of teachers and the impact of the project on children’s speech, cognitive and personality development.
The second set of RWM workshops included: “Learning Sounds & Learning Alphabet 2”, “Songs and Rhythm”, “Story Elements”, “Reading Aloud” and “Living Values 1 & 2” which were held on 26-27 February 2015 for preschool and elementary school tutors and teachers. Also 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 workshops included: “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”.
The project implementation in this region continued by holding advanced RWM workshops on 18-19 December 2015 including: “The Environment and Books”, “The Dictionary of Riddles” and “Marionette” for Preschool tutors. Also on the same days, RWM experts held some workshops for the newly-joined first-grade teachers, because some of the previously trained teachers had been transferred to other areas. These workshops included “Learning Alphabet and Learning Sounds”, “Dramatic Arts” (How to make masks and hand puppets, how to set a scene, backstage and performing plays), “Children’s Literature”, “Quality Books”, “Story Elements” and “Reading Aloud”. The teachers were also familiarized with the methods of documentation, writing reports, working with books and handbooks and filling Observation Notebooks
In 16-17 January 2016, the RWM experts traveled back to South Khorasan and visited this town to observe the procedure of the teachers regarding “Reading Aloud”, “Activities before and after Reading” and “Activities related to Learning Sounds and Learning Alphabet”. The experts also helped the teachers regarding their questions and problems, pointed out their strengths and applauded them for their hard work. In mid-March 2016, supplementary workshops were held in this town 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 Darmian, who had been involved in the project for 2 years, were praised for their performance.