Geographical Location: Zahedan, Sistan and Balouchestan Province
Age-group: preschool and Elementary School
Number of Children: 2480
Start Date: Autumn 2015
The “Read with Me” program has achieved a great deal in Zahedan and particularly the nomadic schools. This program has been welcomed by teachers and officials of the region due to the effectiveness of its methods in increasing the learning ability of bilingual children.
In the second year of implementation, the “Read with Me” program tried to ameliorate the goals and achievements of the past year in this area. Therefore, the focus was on strengthening the basic literacy of bilingual students using the new child-centered creative education methods, children’s literature and its various forms in order to develop reading skills, basic literacy and children’s interest in books and reading.
In 2017-2018, the “Read with Me” program continued its activity through covering 14 educators from nomadic schools, sending books to them and holding workshops. These skillful and motivated teachers are now running the program in their classrooms.
The “Read with Me” rural libraries in Zahedan
In 2017, a number of schools covered by the “Read with Me” program became equipped with small rural libraries with the help of teachers, local people and students of these schools to allow students and children to keep their connection with books in the summer and next year.
Due to the interest of schoolteachers and local people’s cooperation, in order to keep students connected to books during summer, small “Read with Me” libraries were established with the dynamic participation of children and their families in the villages around Zahedan, which are nomadic settlements.
Students of these schools cleaned up the abandoned rooms and classrooms along with their teachers and designed them with the “Read with Me” library packages including cushions for sitting, shelves designed for showcasing book covers, book baskets, etc. in collaboration with people from the executive team of the “Read with Me” libraries. During summertime, in the absence of teachers and school principal, the teens of these villages will take over the responsibility of these libraries, and in addition to lending books to the children of the village, they hold reading sessions as well. These adolescent librarians participated in librarianship workshops specially designed for them. A group of these adolescent librarians is girls who are unable to study due to a lack of high school in the village and cultural conditions of the region.
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