2017/ Amman- Jordan/ Linda Mujahed
“I always wanted to become a teacher, but I never had the chance to complete my education. I heard about a training for reading aloud for children and thought this could be a great way for me to be closer to children.
I participated in the We Love Reading training and after a few weeks of holding reading sessions, I felt the difference within myself and my community. I felt how much these reading sessions affected me and the children in my area! Even their mothers are happy now!
One of the girls named Yara said: “I love reading sessions, because Linda make us read sometimes, and unlike the teacher she does not scold me when I make a mistake while reading.” She added: “My friends always buy stories but I never had enough money to buy a story. I really feel thankful because Linda reads to us and lets us exchange stories without paying money! When I grow up I will build an orphanage so I can read to orphans and help them.”
Another boy named Zaid said: “It is better than staying out in the streets!”
Some of the kids could not attend my reading sessions because my house is too far from their houses. To solve this problem, I rented a bus for them.
The regional officer from We Love Reading, Shaima Anabtawi, visited me with a guest from the UKAID, Rosalinda Gater. They attended a reading session and happily discussed with me and the children the effects of reading. I felt very proud of their visit!
Becoming a We Love Reading ambassador makes me feel I have achieved my aim of becoming a teacher!”