IranShahr, Rask, Sarbaz, Lashar
Geographical Location: IranShahr, Sistan & Balouchestan Province
Age-group: First and second grade of Elementary School
Number of Children: 11750
Number of Teachers: 525
Start Date: October 2015
The Read with Me project started its activities in IranShahr, Rask, Sarbaz, Lashar, Bazman and Dargan in October 2015 by the financial support of Omran Azarestan Construction Co.
In the autumn of 2015, book packages were sent to the education responsible of Elementary Schools in Sistan & Balouchestan and in December 2015, the first set of workshops were held for teachers in this area.
In February 2016, a group of RWM experts travelled to this region to observe the progress of the work. In the meantime, they held a conference for the first grade teachers of IranShahr and the leaders of the rest of the regions as well.
IranShahr is located in the center of Sistan & Balouchestan province. According to the census report of 2010, it has a population of 97,012. Most of the people work as farmers and workers. Some other occupations include trade marketing of local products such as date. It has an arid climate.
In October 2015, the Read with Me project started its activities in IranShahr, Rask, Sarbaz, Lashar, Bazman and Dargan by the financial support of Omran Azarestan Construction Co. with concentrating on Basic Literacy improvement through Literature. At first, 450 book packages on this subject were sent to this region with the purpose of instructing teachers to use these books to improve the basic literacy of this region.
The program was implemented through two visits to IranShahr. In the first two-day trip, two trainers held workshops and in the second trip, a group of 3 experts was sent to this region to visit the classrooms and evaluate the effects of the Learning Alphabet package on the reading and writing abilities of children. 430 teachers participated in the workshops of the project on teaching Persian language to children. Based on the number of participants, the estimated number of children covered by this project is about 4000.
In February 2016, a 4.5-hour-workshop was held for each area (Rask, Sarbaz, and IranShahr) on “How to Use the Learning Alphabet Book”. A conference was held for the teachers of IranShahr and the leaders of the rest of the regions as well.