We Love Reading
Summary: We Love Reading (WLR) promotes an appreciation for learning by establishing community libraries and training local women to lead read aloud sessions for young children. --- We Love Reading aims to provide a practical, cost-efficient, sustainable, grassroots approach that involves women and the community to increase reading levels among children aged 4-10 by focusing on the read-aloud experience to plant the love of reading. The We Love Reading (WLR) program constitutes training local women and youth to hold read-aloud sessions in public spaces in their neighborhoods where books are routinely read aloud to children. This is the "library." WLR chooses books that are age-appropriate, attractive, neutral in content, and in the na...
Year of Inception
Up to 2016, We Love Reading has launched 1,569 libraries all over Jordan. In 2016, we have newly opened 1,010; since 2009, we have read to 183,921 children
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Description of Scale and Reach
We Love Reading (WLR) started in 2006 with one library serving 20 children. As of December 2013, there are 300 libraries all over Jordan. WLR has trained 700 individuals to read aloud in these libraries and is impacting 10,000 children directly and 50,000 children indirectly. WLR has shared its model at various speaking events at conferences, schools, societies, universities, and mosques. Specifically, WLR has been present at events at the Queen Rania Teachers' Academy, CGI, Yale, Clase, WISE, WEIF, IDB, IBBY, USAID, Cambridge University, the World Bank, Arab Bankers USA, the Ruben Foundation, and Thomson Reuters Lawyers. WLR encourages its trained readers to pay it forward and train someone else. This, coupled with WLR's presence at events and in the media, has allowed WLR to expand into 15 additional countries outside of Jordan and impact a total of 100,000 children worldwide. WLR's model is formulated in such a way that it can be tailored to fit into many different cultural contexts. Children's Reading Day in Turkey was developed by AÇEV after receiving training from WLR. WLR is spreading village to village in Uganda as a result of local radio announcements. In the United States, Arabic read-aloud sessions are taking place in public libraries in an attempt to encourage immigrant parents to read to their children while also building bridges of trust with their local communities. In Thailand, WLR is being run by a nurse in an AIDS orphanage.
Jordan, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Malaysia, Lebanon, Iraq, Germany, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Azerbaijan