“I want to buy the license for We Love Reading books.  I can’t believe these are made in Jordan by Jordanians. The quality is amazing”- Carol Sakoin Vice President of Scholastic.

 

WLR in India

On February 2019, We Love Reading received form Poorva Sharma, from Noida city (near Delhi). Poorva has joined us to be our first reading ambassador in India after she heared about WLR from her sister, Kriti. We look forward to working with her towards " A library in every neighborhood". 

Stay tuned for more news from India! 

WLR in Panama

On March 2019, We Love Reading received form Rhafful Bernal-Ponce, from Panama city, Panama. Rhafful has joined us and is now our first reading ambassador in Panama. We look forward to working with him towards " A library in every neighborhood". 

Stay tuned for more news from Panama! 

Collaboration For A Better future, A New Approach To Sustain Success

On April 30, We Love Reading (Taghyeer), an initiative under the Ministry of Culture to foster a love of reading among children, celebrated a “Collaboration for a Better Future, A New Approach to Sustain Success” under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz. 

 

We Love Reading is a Jordanian program, founded by Dr Rana Dajani in 2006, is an innovative, grassroots program to empower communities through a network of local volunteers to increase reading levels among children. The We Love Reading model focuses on reading aloud to plant the love of reading for children to become lifelong learners.

 

The conference highlighted the partnerships helping to make We Love Reading a success: 

1.We Love Reading partners with a grassroots network of women, men and youth who share the common values of the program and wish to bring about social change through reading. We Love Reading develops the capabilities of these community ambassadors to find creative ways to encourage critical thinking skills in young children through reading. The We Love Reading model is formulated so that each ambassador  can tailor the model to fit his or her culture and community needs.  

2.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UKAID are partnered with the Ministry of Education, and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy to strengthen reading and mathematics education for all students from kindergarten through third grade through the Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Initiative (RAMP).  Through RAMP, the Ministry of Education has trained over 12,000 teachers in effective reading and mathematics instruction. RAMP and We Love Reading have partnered to create 800 community libraries where volunteers regularly read to children. 

3. Universities and field practitioners are working together to expand the library of available research on literacy education and outreach, and to ensure that the program incorporates best practices.

4. The private sector and civil society will serve an important role in helping We Love Reading continue and grow in the future.

 

These partnerships are a testimonial that nothing is impossible and that by persistence, hard work and good faith in people, one can make dreams come true.

Scientists from Brown University, University of Chicago, Queen Mary University London and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) presented research on the impact of We Love Reading on children, parents and the community. Also in attendance were the Ministers of Culture and Social Development, and the Ambassador of  Kuwait.

This conference was funded by USAID and DFID.

 

About We Love Reading: The program constitutes training local volunteer women, men and youth to hold read-aloud sessions in public spaces in their neighborhoods where books are routinely read aloud to children. WLR chooses books that are age-appropriate, attractive, neutral in content, in the native language of the child. In addition to promoting the experience of reading, WLR empowers women, men and youth readers to become leaders in their communities, builds ownership in the children and community members and serves as a platform for raising awareness on issues such as health and environment through reading books on themes. The program impacts emotional regulation, executive function, literacy skills and psychosocial status. The model can be replicated anywhere using an existing common public space. An innovative model of support for those using the program was developed to create a supportive network for the volunteers and their work. The program has been called a social movement and has spread to 50 countries. The program is evidence-based in collaboration with international universities such as Brown University and Yale. The program is led by local scientists, practitioners, and business experts who strive to reach every child by empowering and engaging the workforce; creating partnerships with key stakeholders; and adapting and optimizing the model, utilizing technology and continuous improvement methodology. 

 

The international advisory board of We Love Reading includes Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint Alhassan, the former U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, and His Excellency Hamdi Tabbaa.

 

We Love Reading has been honored in Jordan and internationally. From His Majesty King Abdullah II the King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014; Synergos award 2009; Ahel Himmeh 2009; Library of congress best practices 2013; WISE Award 2014; Star Award 2015; IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015; UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017; UNHCR innovative education for refugees 2017; World Literacy Council Award 2018; and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018; and was featured in the New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion/syria-refugee-children.html.  

 

Collaboration For A Better future, A New Approach To Sustain Success

On April 30, We Love Reading (Taghyeer), an initiative under the Ministry of Culture to foster a love of reading among children, celebrated a “Collaboration for a Better Future, A New Approach to Sustain Success” under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz. 

 

We Love Reading is a Jordanian initiative, founded by Dr Rana Dajani in 2006, is an innovative, grassroots initiative to empower communities through a network of local volunteers to increase reading levels among children. The We Love Reading model focuses on reading aloud to plant the love of reading for children to become lifelong learners.

 

The conference highlighted the partnerships helping to make We Love Reading a success: 

 

  1. 1.We Love Reading partners with a grassroots network of women, men and youth who share the common values of the program and wish to bring about social change through reading. We Love Reading develops the capabilities of these community ambassadors to find creative ways to encourage critical thinking skills in young children through reading. The We Love Reading model is formulated so that each ambassador  can tailor the model to fit his or her culture and community needs.  

 

  1. 2.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UKAID are partnered with the Ministry of Education, and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy to strengthen reading and mathematics education for all students from kindergarten through third grade through the Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Initiative (RAMP).  Through RAMP, the Ministry of Education has trained over 12,000 teachers in effective reading and mathematics instruction. RAMP and We Love Reading have partnered to create 800 community libraries where volunteers regularly read to children. 

 

3. Universities and field practitioners are working together to expand the library of available research on literacy education and outreach, and to ensure that the program incorporates best practices.

 

4. The private sector and civil society will serve an important role in helping We Love Reading continue and grow in the future.

 

These partnerships are a testimonial that nothing is impossible and that by persistence, hard work and good faith in people, one can make dreams come true.

 

Scientists from Brown University, University of Chicago, Queen Mary University London and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) presented research on the impact of We Love Reading on children, parents and the community. 

 

Also in attendance were the Ministers of Culture and Social Development, and the Ambassador of  Kuwait.

 

This conference was funded by USAID and DFID.

 

 

 

About We Love Reading: The program constitutes training local volunteer women, men and youth to hold read-aloud sessions in public spaces in their neighborhoods where books are routinely read aloud to children. WLR chooses books that are age-appropriate, attractive, neutral in content, in the native language of the child. In addition to promoting the experience of reading, WLR empowers women, men and youth readers to become leaders in their communities, builds ownership in the children and community members and serves as a platform for raising awareness on issues such as health and environment through reading books on themes. The program impacts emotional regulation, executive function, literacy skills and psychosocial status. The model can be replicated anywhere using an existing common public space. An innovative model of support for those using the program was developed to create a supportive network for the volunteers and their work. The program has been called a social movement and has spread to 50 countries. The program is evidence-based in collaboration with international universities such as Brown University and Yale. The program is led by local scientists, practitioners, and business experts who strive to reach every child by empowering and engaging the workforce; creating partnerships with key stakeholders; and adapting and optimizing the model, utilizing technology and continuous improvement methodology. 

 

The international advisory board of We Love Reading includes Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint Alhassan, the former U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, and His Excellency Hamdi Tabbaa.

 

We Love Reading has been honored in Jordan and internationally. From His Majesty King Abdullah II the King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014; Synergos award 2009; Ahel Himmeh 2009; Library of congress best practices 2013; WISE Award 2014; Star Award 2015; IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015; UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017; UNHCR innovative education for refugees 2017; World Literacy Council Award 2018; and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018; and was featured in the New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion/syria-refugee-children.html.  

Collaboration For A Better future, A New Approach To Sustain Success

On April 30, We Love Reading (Taghyeer), an initiative under the Ministry of Culture to foster a love of reading among children, celebrated a “Collaboration for a Better Future, A New Approach to Sustain Success” under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz. 

 

We Love Reading is a Jordanian initiative, founded by Dr Rana Dajani in 2006, is an innovative, grassroots initiative to empower communities through a network of local volunteers to increase reading levels among children. The We Love Reading model focuses on reading aloud to plant the love of reading for children to become lifelong learners.

 

The conference highlighted the partnerships helping to make We Love Reading a success: 

 

  1. 1.We Love Reading partners with a grassroots network of women, men and youth who share the common values of the program and wish to bring about social change through reading. We Love Reading develops the capabilities of these community ambassadors to find creative ways to encourage critical thinking skills in young children through reading. The We Love Reading model is formulated so that each ambassador  can tailor the model to fit his or her culture and community needs.  

 

  1. 2.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UKAID are partnered with the Ministry of Education, and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy to strengthen reading and mathematics education for all students from kindergarten through third grade through the Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Initiative (RAMP).  Through RAMP, the Ministry of Education has trained over 12,000 teachers in effective reading and mathematics instruction. RAMP and We Love Reading have partnered to create 800 community libraries where volunteers regularly read to children. 

 

3. Universities and field practitioners are working together to expand the library of available research on literacy education and outreach, and to ensure that the program incorporates best practices.

 

4. The private sector and civil society will serve an important role in helping We Love Reading continue and grow in the future.

 

These partnerships are a testimonial that nothing is impossible and that by persistence, hard work and good faith in people, one can make dreams come true.

 

Scientists from Brown University, University of Chicago, Queen Mary University London and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) presented research on the impact of We Love Reading on children, parents and the community. 

 

Also in attendance were the Ministers of Culture and Social Development, and the Ambassador of  Kuwait.

 

This conference was funded by USAID and DFID.

 

 

 

About We Love Reading: The program constitutes training local volunteer women, men and youth to hold read-aloud sessions in public spaces in their neighborhoods where books are routinely read aloud to children. WLR chooses books that are age-appropriate, attractive, neutral in content, in the native language of the child. In addition to promoting the experience of reading, WLR empowers women, men and youth readers to become leaders in their communities, builds ownership in the children and community members and serves as a platform for raising awareness on issues such as health and environment through reading books on themes. The program impacts emotional regulation, executive function, literacy skills and psychosocial status. The model can be replicated anywhere using an existing common public space. An innovative model of support for those using the program was developed to create a supportive network for the volunteers and their work. The program has been called a social movement and has spread to 50 countries. The program is evidence-based in collaboration with international universities such as Brown University and Yale. The program is led by local scientists, practitioners, and business experts who strive to reach every child by empowering and engaging the workforce; creating partnerships with key stakeholders; and adapting and optimizing the model, utilizing technology and continuous improvement methodology. 

 

The international advisory board of We Love Reading includes Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint Alhassan, the former U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, and His Excellency Hamdi Tabbaa.

 

We Love Reading has been honored in Jordan and internationally. From His Majesty King Abdullah II the King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014; Synergos award 2009; Ahel Himmeh 2009; Library of congress best practices 2013; WISE Award 2014; Star Award 2015; IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015; UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017; UNHCR innovative education for refugees 2017; World Literacy Council Award 2018; and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018; and was featured in the New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion/syria-refugee-children.html.  

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Collaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success

Under the patronage of Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, "We Love Reading" program launched a conference entitled "Collaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success"

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation to the organizers of this initiative, which has achieved important successes and started to be implemented in 52 countries emphasizing that now is time to restore our civilization and its positive role at the world level and to give our region the values of knowledge, love and tolerance.

 

The founder and director of the initiative, Dr. Rana Dajani reviewed the goals that the initiative seeks to achieve in promoting the love of reading in children and the importance of the role of the family in this. Dr. Dajani also emphasized on the love of reading in children contributes to change their behavior and enhance mental and mental health and that the initiative has developed 32 stories contribute to increase the desire of children to read.

A panel discussion was held during the conference entitled "Participation and Sustainability", in which the following people participated in

  • Mr. Hamdi Tabbaa, Chairman of the Jordanian Businessmen Association.

  • Dr. Dima Amso, Associate Professor, Brown University.

  • Dr. Yafa Shank, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham.

  • Mr. Patrick Fayed, RTI International, President of the Early Reading and 

  • Accountability Initiative.

  • Ms. Sarah Al-Otaibi, a former trainer in the “We Love Reading” program.

 

ollaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success

Under the patronage of Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, "We Love Reading" program launched a conference entitled "Collaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success"

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation to the organizers of this initiative, which has achieved important successes and started to be implemented in 52 countries emphasizing that now is time to restore our civilization and its positive role at the world level and to give our region the values of knowledge, love and tolerance.

The founder and director of the initiative, Dr. Rana Dajani reviewed the goals that the initiative seeks to achieve in promoting the love of reading in children and the importance of the role of the family in this. Dr. Dajani also emphasized on the love of reading in children contributes to change their behavior and enhance mental and mental health and that the initiative has developed 32 stories contribute to increase the desire of children to read.

A panel discussion was held during the conference entitled "Participation and Sustainability", in which the following people participated in

  • Mr. Hamdi Tabbaa, Chairman of the Jordanian Businessmen Association.

  • Dr. Dima Amso, Associate Professor, Brown University.

  • Dr. Yafa Shank, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham.

  • Mr. Patrick Fayed, RTI International, President of the Early Reading and 

  • Accountability Initiative.

  • Ms. Sarah Al-Otaibi, a former trainer in the “We Love Reading” program.

 

Collaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success

Under the patronage of Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, "We Love Reading" program launched a conference entitled "Collaboration for a Better Future: A New Approach to Sustainability of Success"

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation to the organizers of this initiative, which has achieved important successes and started to be implemented in 52 countries emphasizing that now is time to restore our civilization and its positive role at the world level and to give our region the values of knowledge, love and tolerance.

The founder and director of the initiative, Dr. Rana Dajani reviewed the goals that the initiative seeks to achieve in promoting the love of reading in children and the importance of the role of the family in this. Dr. Dajani also emphasized on the love of reading in children contributes to change their behavior and enhance mental and mental health and that the initiative has developed 32 stories contribute to increase the desire of children to read.

A panel discussion was held during the conference entitled "Participation and Sustainability", in which the following people participated in

  • Mr. Hamdi Tabbaa, Chairman of the Jordanian Businessmen Association.

  • Dr. Dima Amso, Associate Professor, Brown University.

  • Dr. Yafa Shank, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham.

  • Mr. Patrick Fayed, RTI International, President of the Early Reading and 

  • Accountability Initiative.

  • Ms. Sarah Al-Otaibi, a former trainer in the “We Love Reading” program.

 

A group of students at NYU working with Dr. Dajani on bringing libraries and social-emotional support resources to refugee camps.

We are a group of master’s students at New York University studying International Education. For the fall semester, we took a class that focused on Political Issues within International Education and were tasked with researching and writing a grant for We Love Reading. Over the course of the semester, we worked closely with Dr. Rana Dajani to craft a product to be submitted for the USAID Middle East Education Umbrella Grant to bring libraries and social-emotional support resources to refugee camps in Yemen and Syria. Below are our personal biographies:

Ashley Lynch is currently a master’s student at New York University in International Education. A Midwest native, she received her undergraduate degree in Global Studies with a focus on European cultural studies from the University of Minnesota. While there, she participated and led the TandemPlus language exchange program and student group. She also interned in the university’s study abroad office. Upon graduation, she worked at Reading & Math, Inc., a Minneapolis nonprofit that combines literacy and math interventions for elementary and middle school students with the power of national service. When not studying, she enjoys cooking, reading, and learning new languages. She’s attempting to learn Arabic and Italian.

Meichen Jin is a graduate from the Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She was a teacher assistant at Lyons elementary school at Michigan and gave lessons of Science, Social Studies, Literacy and mathematics to little children. She worked as a tutor for Read to Succeed at Cavanaugh Elementary School, and conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions for children in the third grade to improve their reading and writing skills. Originally from Nanjing, China, she came to study International Education at NYU and hopes to focus on educational development in the future. Meichen enjoys trying different foods and watching action movies.

Alejandra Guevara graduated from Southwestern University cum laude with a major in International Studies and a focus in Latin America. This fall she started her master’s in International Education at NYU. She has worked in different private and non-profit organizations related to international education including Kaplan International, Education First, and Volunteers Abroad. She interned at the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the public diplomacy and public affairs office in the Spring of 2015 and worked on several projects, including the presidential initiative 100,000 Strong in the Americas and the Young Leaders in the Americas Initiative (YLAI). She has extensive experience and training in English to Spanish translation and interpretation and is a former intern at the New York District Attorney's office in the Spanish Language Unit.

A group of students at NYU working with Dr. Dajani on bringing libraries and social-emotional support resources to refugee camps.

We are a group of master’s students at New York University studying International Education. For the fall semester, we took a class that focused on Political Issues within International Education and were tasked with researching and writing a grant for We Love Reading. Over the course of the semester, we worked closely with Dr. Rana Dajani to craft a product to be submitted for the USAID Middle East Education Umbrella Grant to bring libraries and social-emotional support resources to refugee camps in Yemen and Syria. Below are our personal biographies:

 

Ashley Lynch is currently a master’s student at New York University in International Education. A Midwest native, she received her undergraduate degree in Global Studies with a focus on European cultural studies from the University of Minnesota. While there, she participated and led the TandemPlus language exchange program and student group. She also interned in the university’s study abroad office. Upon graduation, she worked at Reading & Math, Inc., a Minneapolis nonprofit that combines literacy and math interventions for elementary and middle school students with the power of national service. When not studying, she enjoys cooking, reading, and learning new languages. She’s attempting to learn Arabic and Italian.

 

Meichen Jin is a graduate from the Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She was a teacher assistant at Lyons elementary school at Michigan and gave lessons of Science, Social Studies, Literacy and mathematics to little children. She worked as a tutor for Read to Succeed at Cavanaugh Elementary School, and conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions for children in the third grade to improve their reading and writing skills. Originally from Nanjing, China, she came to study International Education at NYU and hopes to focus on educational development in the future. Meichen enjoys trying different foods and watching action movies.

 

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Alejandra Guevara graduated from Southwestern University cum laude with a major in International Studies and a focus in Latin America. This fall she started her master’s in International Education at NYU. She has worked in different private and non-profit organizations related to international education including Kaplan International, Education First, and Volunteers Abroad. She interned at the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the public diplomacy and public affairs office in the Spring of 2015 and worked on several projects, including the presidential initiative 100,000 Strong in the Americas and the Young Leaders in the Americas Initiative (YLAI). She has extensive experience and training in English to Spanish translation and interpretation and is a former intern at the New York District Attorney's office in the Spanish Language Unit.

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