Why Do you like to read?

Why Do you like to read? “I like to read because I want to be a writer”. Evelyne expressed.
Most of us born with some talents but sometimes kids like Evelyne from rural areas like Rwinkwavu-Rwanda lack an opportunity to develop their talent. Evelyne is 11 years old, she is in Primary 4 and really loves to write her own short stories. She dreams to be a writer.

Evelyne at National Literacy Month Closing event- September 2017

LAST YEAR RECAP! Last year, International Literacy Day (8 September) has globally celebrated under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. On 8 September 2017  Ready for Reading held this celebration alongside with closing Ceremony to end National Literacy Month with a theme of “The power of reading”.

In collaboration with different stakeholders named: Ministry of Sport and Culture-MINISPOC and RwandaReads, Ready for Reading had organized the literacy month activities in Eastern Province with the overall aim to take enough time to bring these different of these literacy activities to the community in their homes, schools, Libraries, and communities especially for all people  who need such programmes to leverage the opportunities that this special month provides but fail to access them.

At Ready for Reading. Literacy programs are giving new possibilities to people in Rwinkwavu Community to improve all areas of their lives including access to information; networking; social services; financial services like banking and mode of work.

We are achieving these through after-school learning programs available at Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center that give full opportunities to all range of people to learn even when they can’t imagine that they can acquire literacy skills due to their age. Musabe Drocelle receiving her literacy Certificate at 58 years old on December 21, 2017

When looking back on the impact of acquiring literacy skills,  It is an occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter remaining challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda.

We promise to serve you even more brilliantly in 2018! And illiteracy.

International Day of the Girl

On October 11th, Rwinkwavu parents, local officials and community members came together in solidarity and joyful celebration of International Day of the Girl. Our girls clubs participated in LitWorld’s annual global “Stand Up for Girls” event centered around storytelling, writing and art to raise awareness of the challenges girls face in our community and worldwide.

National Literacy Month 2017 programme already started in Eastern Province of Rwanda

 Literacy awareness campaign with Read Aloud, Story telling and reading competition-  September 5, 2017

Literacy rates continue to rise from one generation to the next. Yet according to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there are still 750 million illiterate adults, two-thirds of whom are women. These numbers are a stark reminder of the work ahead to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5 and the Education 2030 targets.

The latest data show remarkable progress on youth literacy. 50 years ago, 22% of people between the ages of 15 and 24 lacked basic literacy skills compared to 9% today, and young people in Africa and Asia in particular, are far more likely to be literate than they were half a century ago.

In Rwanda Adult literacy rate increased from 57.9 % in 1991 to 71.2 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 5.42 %.

Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations.

There is hope that the literacy will increase in the future considering the fact that almost all children of primary school age, girls and boys, are encouraged to be in school since 2012. But still, 5.1% of females aged 7-18 years and 6.2% of boys of the same age have never attended school.

To this end, Ready for Reading initiative is part of filling this gap providing a variety of after school educational opportunities that bring together all people, including kids who dropped out, kids in school and all kind of graduates, where they are able to access a wide range of literacy programs, digital literacy and other education opportunities through different platforms.

On the commitment of responding to the above mentioned illiteracy rate, Ready for Reading, since 2013, is working with a wide range of partners through Rwanda Reads platform to promote a culture of reading and literacy throughout Rwanda. Rwanda Reads aims to cultivate a culture of reading in a holistic, coordinated manner toward advancing a more literate society better capable of contributing to its own progressive and prosperous future

Since 2013, Ready for Reading organizes monthly literacy awareness campaigns in different administrative Sectors of Kayonza District where we reach people in their homes, schools and in their communities. This year, through partnership with Ministry of Sport and Culture- MINISPOC.

Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning center is representing the Eastern Province in National Literacy Month conducting literacy campaigns and in schools and communities in the whole Eastern Province of Rwanda.

September 5, 2017 the first campaign started at Groupe Scholaire Gishanda where around 350 students in primary and secondary School and their teachers attended the sessions and really enjoyed learning more about the power of reading and its last long impact.

Keep following us for updates and insights about our National Literacy activities.

Join us with your child on February 4 for “Take your child to the Library” Day

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Take your child to the Library Day-2017-Ready for Reading

Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center will join other libraries throughout the country and participate in the second annual “Take Your Child to the Library” Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 This is a worldwide campaign dedicated to bringing more children into their local libraries. Ready for Reading will host a special event throughout the day in Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center, including:

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2:00 – 3:00 Read Aloud by students in One book per child
3:30 – 4:30 Ready to children by parents
4:45 – 5:30 Storytelling by Librarians
Did you know that children ages 5 and up are eligible to join One book per child program ? A parent needs be present and provide proof of residency in Rwinkwavu. Take Your Child to the Library and together discover and enjoy all the wonderful resources your library has to offer. Join us!

Starting Small: developing the culture of reading and writing

As in many part of the World, It is the school holidays in Rwanda this November and December 2016. Students in Rwinkwavu and surrounding sectors are taking advantage of the school holiday to spend time at the Rwinkwavu Community Library/Learning Center. In keeping with the theme of Literacy Month 2016 “Beyond School Walls: Promoting Literacy in Homes and Communities” RfR is playing a key role in helping youth benefit from their time off from school.There is a large increase in attendance during holidays, especially secondary students who are eager to practice their computer skills in our lab.youth-in-ict-ready-for-readingSecondary School students running practical typing basic

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Children and youth are actively engaged in a variety of structured activities ranging from book clubs, story time, e-readers, puzzles, games, music and basketball with plenty of time for independent reading.

A bonus is that adult attendance increases during this time as many parents accompany their children to the library and become familiar with the many resources available for themselves.

Book making/storytelling workshop: conducted and facilitated by a teacher/literacy specialist from the US. 100 children ages 5-10 participated in the workshop over a 4 day period.

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The workshop sessions were inspirational and a wonderful opportunity for the children who participated to discover that they can not only tell their own stories BUT write their own books too and through this process build their love of reading. They are keen for more opportunities like this.

Beyond School walls promoting literacy in homes and communities

Celebrate International Literacy Day and Rwanda Literacy month with us!
In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD) in an effort to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. Literacy is the foundation of learning across all subjects. On International Literacy Day (ILD), people throughout the world will renew their efforts to make literacy education accessible to all.

Rwanda plans to extend the celebration throughout the month by encouraging events and activities that promote literacy. As part of the celebrations, Rwanda Reads will hold an assembly to share literacy initiatives, and to present Rwanda Reads as a strong platform for networking and promoting a culture of reading throughout Rwanda.

Ready for Reading is conducting different literacy and reading sessions and campaigns  to encourage the love of reading and writing during this  month. Please take time to read a story to your teachers and students in your school. Please take time to read a short story with your children at home.

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Week I: Ready for Reading in homes – @ Musabe Drocela’s house

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Week II: Ready for Reading team Conducting literacy and reading campaign in Mbarara cell.

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Week III: Ready for Reading team conducting literacy and reading campaign with different primary and Secondary Schools in Kayonza District.

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Week IV: Ready for Reading team supporting Nasho community library to celebrate 2016 ILD

 

“Super readers” girls Litcamp

In Partnership with LitWorld Organization, we organized a very special LitCamp that gathered all of our Girls Empowerment Program (LitClubs) beneficiaries to cultivate social-emotional development by building resilience and literacy skills together. Guided by “7 Strengths” – Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage, and Hope – and working with our mentor team, we create safe and supportive communities where children learn to value their own and others’ stories, become powerful readers, and use literature as a guide as they learn to navigate their lives and tell their own stories.

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The camp is a joyful time for all 60 LitClubs member to spend together

Normally, LitClub brings 60 members together once a week for two hours after school for joyful learning, creative play, and social interaction. LitCamps are the full day complementary program that run during school breaks. While LitClubs focus on ages 10-14, LitCamp has a multi-age structure that reaches younger children, getting them excited to read and write and read with purpose. We place older LitClub members and LitClub graduates in leadership roles as junior mentors and reading role models.Bunk time- Descovering more about -Friendship -the strengh of the day (14)

Camp learning time in small groups (Bunk time)

LitClubs and LitCamps result in a dramatic increase in children’s reading and writing capacities, civic engagement, future outlook, and sense of personal value, as well as a positive change in overall literacy levels and reading and writing habits of all community members. Our programs cultivate deeply developed mentor relationships and strong support networks that build towards successful futures.

As you might know all over the world, children are eager to learn and utilize the power it brings. Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling their story.

This is rare in our community and a big reason why we planned this camp which will benefit our existing LitCamp  members and their interested fellows.

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According to the 2010/2011 Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV), the literacy rate in the Rwanda stands at about 70 per cent.

There are over 5,000 literacy centres spread across the country  which offer reading courses to adults, according to Esperence Muzinganyi, the officer in charge of adult literacy at the Ministry of Education.

It is still challenging to get these people committed to enroll and attend these classes due to their own families situation. Some have a low understanding about the importance of attending literacy class considering their ages, and family challenges.

Ready for Reading is contributing to the reduction of illiteracy rates in the country not only by offering a free and assisted literacy program at Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center, but also by supporting these adults in gaining life skills necessary to change their expectations and creating hope for a better future.

Psychosomatic & Somatic in rural Rwinkwavu are the most identified challenges in Adults Kinyarwanda Literacy Programs. Ready for Reading is addressing these by conducting women’s workshop on conflict resolution by psychosomatic &somatic thearapy through painting.

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Ready+for+reading-Medecine through painting (4)Augustin, a Rwandan artist facilitating and supporting the women with their painting. 

Ready+for+reading-Medecine through painting (2)To build confidence, everyone has time to represent her work to her colleagues

 

 

Digitalreading to boost reading culture in Rwanda

It was a honor for Ready for Reading to represent  ‪#‎Rwanda‬ at the 2016 Worldreader Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Rwanda is a country which is moving forward with digital transformation RE: WEF2016.
We are always amazed to see how fast our ‪#‎digitalreading‬ program is changing lives and the way we read in our underserved rural area in Eastern Rwanda. Together with our partner Worldreader, no more struggling readers.

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Top 5 Moments from Our 2016 Digital Reading Summits

We are opening Afternoon-Class at Harmony Preschool

We are launching the new Academic Year-2016 with the addition of an afternoon pre-primary class.  This second class will serve an additional 20 children, who with our morning class of twenty will bring the number of Harmony students to forty.

This comes after a  high demand from parents who are pushing to enroll their kids into our morning class. Each class is limited to twenty students to ensure we can maintain our high standards amnd teacher/student ratio low.

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