Ready for Reading has been recognized as 1 of 15 U.S. Library of Congress Best Practices Honorees from an international pool of applicants. Betsy Dickey, Ready for Reading Founder, attended the Conference October 31st at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The event brought together this remarkable group of organizations doing their part world-wide to combat illiteracy and lack of educational resources and opportunities to those in underserved communities.
“It was truly an honor to be representing Ready for Reading in a room full of so many passionate promoters of literacy and reading,” said Dickey. “So proud of the hard work and dedication of our Ready for Reading Team for making this award possible.”
Originated by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein in 2013, the awards honor organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work. They spotlight the need for communities worldwide to unite in working for universal literacy.
“Literacy is the ticket to learning, opportunity and empowerment on a global scale,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress is proud to honor and celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary organizations in their efforts to advance reading levels and give people the foundation for a better life.”
We are proud to have received this Award acknowledging the work RfR is doing to give people in this remote rural area the chance to access literacy and educational programs and build a culture of reading from the youngest children to grandparents.
“Normally I used to be always busy with work trying to ensure the family’s financial stability. This affected my relationship with my son Julian. But after Rwinkwavu Community Library opened, I started to go there at least once a week to borrow a book and read to Julian in the library and at home. Since I started reading to my son my sociability with him has increased. Now he can tell me all of his feelings while he was not before.”
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We at Ready for Reading SALUTE AND STAND IN SOLIDARITY with all the amazing and courageous women in the Rwinkwavu Community who take the bold step of learning to read and write for the first time, launch their own business enterprises, support their children’s education and well-being and become strong local leaders and agents for change.
When 4 year- old Deborah enrolled in Ready for Reading’s Harmony Preschool she was shy, lacking the social skills necessary to participate in our hands-on learning based curriculum. By the end of her year at Harmony she was fully engaged, often the first to respond to a question, share her work or tell a story.
Now in Primary 1 Deborah’s teachers are amazed by how well prepared and far beyond others she and other Harmony graduates are.