The Winner of IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2016

Hasan Abad Moshir

Geographic Location: Northeast of Yazd
Age-Group: Preschool, Elementary and Middle school, Mothers
Number of Children: 239
Number of Teachers: 11
Start Date: November 2012

Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature started “Read with Me” project in HasanAbad Moshir, Yazd by the financial support of Gerami foundation.

This is a successful and unique experience in “Read with Me” project. Zokai School is located in the suburban area of Yazd. Some of its rooms were dedicated to a library for children and adolescents where Reading Book Sessions are held.

It was also another step forward in this project when families were involved in Reading Aloud sessions.

By forming the group of Book-Reading Tutors of “Read with Me” in Yazd with 6 tutors, a workshop is held every three months and a 2-3 hour educational session is held every 15-day.

“Read with Me” project celebrated the end of school year in November 2013 and started its second year of activity in April 2014.

Overview

“Read with Me” project was started in Yazd after two consecutive trips of Institute’s experts to Yazd and several meetings with volunteers and interested individuals to join this project. The purpose was to select interested tutors among volunteers for Reading Aloud project in HasanAbad Moshir. Finding interested and qualified people was not easy. “Read with Me” group led by Nehzat Ghorieshi with cooperation of Mastaneh Fakour, one of the educators and benefactors of Yazd, finally brought a group of young interested volunteers together to run the project in this neighborhood of Yazd.

This is a successful and unique experience in “Read with Me” project. Zokai School is located in the suburban area of Yazd. Some of its rooms were dedicated to a library for children and adolescents where Reading Book Sessions are held. It was also another step forward in this project when families were involved in Reading Aloud sessions.

By forming the group of Book-Reading Tutors of “Read with Me” in Yazd, several consecutive sessions were held for volunteers in order to let them know the project better and discuss the methods of running the project in HasanAbad Moshir. Then professional sessions were held for tutors on these subjects: “The Importance of Reading”, “Ways to increase Book-Reading” and “How to introduce books to children”.

More than 200 children joined this project. Also 80 families registered to join this project, participate in training sessions and receive book bags every two weeks. According to the primary plan, institute`s experts held two-day training workshops four times in one year for tutors and 25-30 tutors were trained. In addition to four predicted workshops, project`s manager traveled to Yazd to hold 2-3 hour training sessions for tutors once in two weeks.

Project`s achievements in 2012/13:

  1. 16 weekly Reading Sessions were held for 5-12 year old children and about 200 children participated in Reading sessions twice a week in this neighborhood. Every five children had a bag of 12 books and activity sheets for three months and they could borrow their favorite books.
  2. Since Summer 2013 Reading and Creativity Training courses were held for 15 children (3-5 years old) twice a week. Mobtakeran creativity training packages (story, poem, life skills, creative play, scientific experiments and etc) and Learning Sounds and Learning Alphabet packages were prepared for children. These courses were managed out of the primary plans and after several requests by people of the region.
  3. Sessions for Mothers were held every 15 days. In these sessions mothers were educated on different subjects such as: “Behaving a child” and “Ways to increase Book-Reading”. Also every 15 days Reading Book Sessions were held by the project’s manager for mothers and they read short stories and discussed the concepts.

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