Archive for the ‘literacy’ Category

This Is Cause For Celebration!

With International Literacy Day coming and going earlier this week (be sure to check out our inspiring Profiles of Empowerment if you haven’t already), we’re so proud of our READ Centers’ celebratory activities and the impact they made in their communities. Without a doubt, this was READ’s most successful Literacy Day yet! In Bhutan, READ […]

A Year of Growth, Happiness, and Reading in Bhutan

“You must read about everything around you – not just subjects that interest you. You must learn about current events, history, science, culture and people around the world- the pursuit of knowledge must be lifelong.” – His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo In order to be effective, learning must go beyond repetitive tasks and curriculum. […]

How education impacts women’s leadership in India

This January, the Indian State of Rajasthan passed an executive order barring anyone with less than eight years of formal education from running for election for head of village council (gram panchayat). This effectively disqualified roughly half of men and three-quarters of women from running in elections that began in January, and will impact more […]

A Library for my Village in Bhutan for National Reading Year

This is a guest post by blogger Passang “Passu” Tshering about the inauguration of National Reading Year in Bhutan in 2015, and the launch of the Yangthang READ Center. The original post can be found on his blog, PassuDiary.com – Journal of an Ordinary Bhutanese. “You must read about everything around you- not just subjects […]

Education in Nepal – A 30-Year Retrospective

When I first trekked up to the beautiful blue pilgrimage lake of Gosainkund in Nepal in 1984, the national literacy rate was about 33% (less for women), and the average yearly income was about $160 per person, though much of the economy was based on a barter system. Infant mortality was very high, and health […]

READ Nepal Recognized for Best Practices in Literacy – Library of Congress

READ Nepal was recognized this September for best practices in literacy by the Library of Congress Literacy Award. A Best Practices publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of organizations. READ Nepal was recognized for its best practice in increasing motivation to read and write.   READ Nepal Program Director Chhatra Bahadur Khatri was invited […]

Early Childhood Education in India – Rural Playschool

This blog post was written by Reema Ahuja, School In-Charge of the READ India Playschool. More than 80% of brain growth occurs between birth and age six in a child. These early years form perhaps the most crucial period in a person’s life, when the rate of development is very high and foundations are laid […]

How Public Libraries Can Support Community Literacy

This article originally appeared at Beyond Access. READ Global and IREX are both collaborators of the Beyond Access initiative. As the starting point for access to information, opportunity and advancement, literacy is understandably a key priority for governments and organizations across the development spectrum. So, with more than 230,000 public libraries in developing countries around […]

Tackling illiteracy through libraries in Asia

“My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. Growing up in this extremely remote Himalayan Kingdom, access to education is limited for villagers like her: 36% of public schools are not accessible by road, and around half of Bhutanese adults are illiterate. On Sept. […]

Nepali Community Becomes Fully Literate

“At last, I can write my name and address!” says Subhagya Mahato, a 40-year-old woman from Bacchauli, Nepal, who is happy to finally be able to recognize the Nepali alphabet, and to no longer have to use her fingerprint as a signature. In a country with an overall literacy rate of only 60% (less than […]

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