Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development

Reading Festival:Get children reading Bangla
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Aiming to encourage Bangladesh early grade primary schools children’s Bangla reading skills, READ (Reading Enhancement and Advancing Development) has organized country wide reading festival in the occasion of International mother language day this year. It was a weeklong events with total 29 reading festivals in 29 Upazila. The event included many interactive games to assess reading comprehension of students.  There were two steps of the festival. The first step held in per READ intervention schools to select best three students from Grade 1 to 3 by winning a school level games competition and the final stage was the Upazila level competition among all school level winners. Total 4272 students (Boys 1885: Girls 2372) from 1213 schools and 1516 teachers (789 Male: 727 female) actively participated in the festival. Apart from them, the UNO (Upazila Nirbahi Officers) and other local educational persons also glorified the events by their presence. Every events attracted many local printed and online media coverages which made huge positive impact in the community about READ activities.  In the festival venues apart from the game competitions there were different stalls arrangement to display local publisher’s publications to promote readings gave the ‘Reading Festival’ a different dimension. Every festival finishes with the cultural events performed by students. One of the UNO from Rangpur region mentioned, ‘the Reading Festival will have an impact on our future generation to prepare them and this events should continue every year in every school in Bangladesh.’ Reading Festival is a core activity of READ program.


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