Me and my sister volunteer at a kindergarten in our neighborhood. One day, I found a flyer on the ground of the classroom, about a We Love Reading training. I liked the name of the training and thought this may be the program that me and my sister are looking for! We were concerned with how to make children love reading.
My sister and I took the training, and the two days were the greatest days of my life! I finally found readable children books with nice text and beautiful illustrations.
Fifteen days after the training we opened a library in the Syrian children’s club at the kindergarten. We started reading every Thursday, and the kids were thrilled about our weekly sessions.
In the summer vacation we could not read at the kindergarten, so we opened a library inside our building. We invited the children of the building and the children of the neighborhood. Seeing Syrian and Jordanian kids join in one activity together amazed me. They now think of their similarities instead of their differences!
Now, I have been reading for more than a year. What motivates me to continue is the hope of building a better future with a conscious generation who loves to read.
I hope that one day I will meet the great person behind this initiative, Dr. Rana Dajani, and thank her for spreading smiles and a love of reading to children.