Read with Me in Sistan and Balouchestan Province

Geographical location: South-East of Iran
Age-group: Kindergarten and Preschool, First to Fourth grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 20,000
Number of Teachers: 800
Start Date: December 2014

Regarding many issues in this province the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature started the Read with Me project in Sistan and Balouchestan province in cooperation with Shahpari Association. The Shahpari Association which was founded in 2013, has focused its supports and efforts on empowering and improving the cultural and educational level of girls and women in Sistan and Balouchestan. It performs several projects, one of them is “Happiness and Hope for the Future”, a book reading program for sick children in hospitals, which started its activity in four phases: Improving the ambiance of the patient’s room, Storytelling, Book and Book Reading Promotion (Reading Aloud) and holding educational courses. Since December 2014, this project has been implemented in AliAsghar Hospital for children suffering from Thalassemia and Hemophilia. The purpose of this project is to supply quality books for these children in order to improve their quality of life.