Geographical Location: Zahedan, Sistan and Balouchestan Province
Age-group: First grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 2000
Number of Teachers: 80
Start Date: Autumn 2015

In autumn 2015, Read with Me implementation was started for 2000 first-grade of elementary school students in 12 schools in the city of Zahedan and 8 nomad schools around this city. The project was implemented by the financial supports of Yavari Cultural Community and the cooperation of Sistan and Balouchestan Education Office.


Zahedan is the capital of Sistan & Balouchestan Province and based on 2006 census report, it is the eleventh populated city in Iran with a population of 552709.

In November 2015, Read with Me basic workshops were held for 80 teachers of the first grade of elementary school. The workshops included: “An Introduction to Children’s Literature”, “Knowing Quality books and Story Elements”, “Reading Aloud Methods”, “Art workshops”, “Learning Sounds” and “Learning Alphabet”. The main purpose of these workshops were reading promotion and improving visual, auditory, verbal and writing skills of children in this area. The RWM experts traveled back to this region in December 2015 to evaluate the progress of the project and its effects on children and based on the reports, the project had vast impacts on children’s literacy, the teachers’ educational methods and the ambient of schools and classrooms during a short period of time.

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