Read with Me in Sistan and Balouchestan Province
Geographical location: South-East of Iran
Number of Children: 20,000
Number of Teachers: 800
Start Date: December 2014
By the cooperation of the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature and the Shahpari Association, the Read with Me project was started in Sistan and Balouchestan province. 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 hospital, 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.
Since Autumn 2015, the RWM project has held numerous workshops on “Reading Aloud” and “Basic Literacy improvement through Literature” for nearly 500 teachers and tutors in Zabol, Zahedan and Iranshahr. RWM has also supplied these regions with quality books. These activities have shown improvements in the children’s literacy, the ambiance of the educational system and the knowledge of children and teachers regarding Children’s Literature.
In the academic year of 2016/17, Read with Me is implemented in Zabol, Iranshahr, Nikshahr, Konarak and Chabahar, covering nearly 9000 children through quality books and children’s literature.
Implementation of the project has had considerable effects on the literacy level of bilingual children who suffered poor ability of Persian speaking.