HomeNews & Media CenterNews2015PRESS RELEASE: Jordanian children’s charity wins international award for outstanding work

PRESS RELEASE: Jordanian children’s charity wins international award for outstanding work

Local Jordanian charity Taghyeer, which works to foster a love for reading in children through a reading aloud social movement, is to receive a 2015 Stars Impact Award

 

Huge efforts have been made to improve the level of education in the Arab world, but much of that effort has focused on eradicating illiteracy while reading for pleasure has largely been ignored on a national planning level.

Reading is essential to the linguistic development and cognitive skills of children. 

In Jordan, parents and schools tend to emphasise the importance of academic learning. Recreational reading is not considered a top priority. The availability of original material in Arabic written for children also lags behind English language books.

 

Taghyeer was established in 2006 with the aim of promoting recreational reading. It began with reading aloud sessions for children in mosques. 

Today, the We Love Reading programme aims to foster a love of reading for children through reading aloud sessions in mosques, churches, schools, community centres, hospitals and at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. 

Taghyeer has also developed a number of books in Arabic with messages for children on conservation, energy and littering.

Taghyeer’s long-term goal is to have a library in every neighbourhood. 

The organisation has now set up 400 libraries across Jordan and trained 800 women to read aloud to the children. Taghyeer has directly impacted over 15,000 children so far.

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation – “Once again this year's Impact Award winners have demonstrated exceptional work in responding to the needs of children, and in the strength of their institutional and management practices. 

Flexible funding allows these well-managed locally-led organisations to determine where their award funding can be best spent in order to bolster the important work that they do. We are delighted to be awarding in such a broad range of countries this year, with awardees drawn from as many as 12 countries.”

As part of the prize package, Taghyeer will receive US$50,000 of flexible funding and capacity building support.This year, Stars is awarding 24 organisations from countries ranging from Colombia to Iraq for their work with disadvantaged children.

Representatives from each local charity will take the stage at the Philanthropreneurship Forum, entitled “The New Frontiers of Philanthropy” which will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Versailles, Paris, on 12 December. ENDS

 

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Local Jordanian charity Taghyeer, which works to foster a love for reading in children through a reading aloud social movement, is to receive a 2015 Stars Impact Award.

Huge efforts have been made to improve the level of education in the Arab world, but much of that effort has focused on eradicating illiteracy while reading for pleasure has largely been ignored on a national planning level.

Reading is essential to the linguistic development and cognitive skills of children.

In Jordan, parents and schools tend to emphasise the importance of academic learning. Recreational reading is not considered a top priority. The availability of original material in Arabic written for children also lags behind English language books.

Taghyeer was established in 2006 with the aim of promoting recreational reading. It began with reading aloud sessions for children in mosques.

Today, the We Love Reading programme aims to foster a love of reading for children through reading aloud sessions in mosques, churches, schools, community centres, hospitals and at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Taghyeer has also developed a number of books in Arabic with messages for children on conservation, energy and littering.

Taghyeer’s long-term goal is to have a library in every neighbourhood.

The organisation has now set up 400 libraries across Jordan and trained 800 women to read aloud to the children. Taghyeer has directly impacted over 15,000 children so far.

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation – “Once again this year's Impact Award winners have demonstrated exceptional work in responding to the needs of children, and in the strength of their institutional and management practices.

Flexible funding allows these well-managed locally-led organisations to determine where their award funding can be best spent in order to bolster the important work that they do. We are delighted to be awarding in such a broad range of countries this year, with awardees drawn from as many as 12 countries.”

As part of the prize package, Taghyeer will receive US$50,000 of flexible funding and capacity building support.This year, Stars is awarding 24 organisations from countries ranging from Colombia to Iraq for their work with disadvantaged children.

Representatives from each local charity will take the stage at the Philanthropreneurship Forum, entitled “The New Frontiers of Philanthropy” which will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Versailles, Paris, on 12 December. ENDS