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We Love Reading Chosen as Winner of UNHCR “Protecting Urban Refugee Children” Challenge

We Love Reading has been chosen as one of the winners of the “Protecting Urban Refugee Children: An Innovation Challenge,” organized by the UNHCR Child Protection Unit and Innovation Team.

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We Love Reading Wins UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017

Jordanian We Love Reading has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize under the theme of ‘literacy in a digital world.’ The prize, consisting of a sum of US $20,000, a medal, and a certificate, honors outstanding contributions made to literacy, with special consideration given to the use and dissemination of mother-tongue languages.

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New tool measures resilience in adolescent Syrian refugees

We Love Reading founder Dr. Rana Dajani recently collaborated with researchers from Yale University to develop a brief and reliable survey tool to measure resilience in children and adolescents who have been displaced by the brutal conflict in Syria. The tool was designed to be culturally relevant, and is available in both English and Arabic.

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We Love Reading Highlighted in Stanford Social Innovation Review

We Love Reading is honored to be featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Fall 2017 issue. The article is titled 1,001 Story Times, written by Corey Binns, and highlights We Love Reading’s mission to bring the love of reading to children across the world.

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Global We Love Reading Ambassadors Network

On 17 August 2017, We Love Reading launched the Global We Love Reading Ambassadors network mobile app. This application is available to WLR ambassadors worldwide (iPhone and Android users alike) in an effort to facilitate monitoring and evaluation, as well as communication between ambassadors. With options like “projects”, “training,” “follow up,” and “news and announcements,” reading ambassadors will be able to report their reading sessions and the number of children who attended, as well as send in requests and success stories.

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Dr. Dajani at Queen’s University Belfast conference

We Love Reading’s Director, Dr. Rana Dajani, was invited to present at a conference on Early Childhood Development for Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding at Queen’s University Belfast on 31 May 2017. At the conference, Dr. Dajani spoke about We Love Reading and its impact in promoting sustainable development and building social cohesion.

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WLR Chosen as Case Study for Promising Practices in Refugee Education

We Love Reading has been chosen in February 2017 as a case study for a project on Promising Practices in Refugee Education by Save the Children with the support of Pearson and UNHCR. This initiative aims to identify projects that provide education to refugees, with the intention of documenting and promoting them in order to inform policy and advocacy efforts in the realm of refugee education. Projects chosen as case studies were identified as those with the most promise of contributing to wider change.

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EdTech Summit

Taghyeer Organization/ We Love Reading Initiative participated in the No Lost Generation (NLG) EdTech Summit that was held at Galleria Ras Al-Ein 1-2/3/2017. This summit aims to bring together people from the private, public and development sectors to showcase and brainstorm tech-based solutions to the education and skills challenges caused by the crisis in Syria.
 We Love Reading was short listed to gain two different seed funding grants.

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Yale: Dr. Rana Dajani participated in Creating innovative solutions to aid refugees initiative

Dr. Rana Dajani participated in the Macmillan Center’s newest initiative, the Program on Refugees Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses on February 22, Dr. Dajani spoke about the Challenges in Western conceptions of how to help refugees.

 

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A master’s tea with Dr. Rana Dajani at Morse College

 Dr. Rana Dajani was a guest for Morse College Tea (Feb 22), where she had the opportunity to have an informal setting with students from all residential colleges, and talked about We Love Reading initiative, and read a story aloud for them followed by an open Q&A session. The students gifted Dr. Dajani with a scarf that she added to her collection, making it her sixth scarf. 

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Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment Forum

Dr. Rana Dajani participated in the Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment Forum that was held in Amman on the 30th and 31st of March, 2017. 

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Books for Kids: Twenty Storybooks in Jordan

Workshop Application: Writing Storybooks for Beginning Readers, Amman, May 1-4, 2017

Al Salwa Books, Jabal Amman Publishers, and Majdalawi Masterpieces, Jordanian children’s book publishers, and Room to Read, an international non-profit organization focused on literacy, are working together on a project to strengthen the foundations of early literacy in Jordan.

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