A delegation of We Love Reading, participated in the “training workshop for the Bridge programmes’ partner organizations”, convened by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), which took a place in Seoul, Korea for two days.
During the first day of the workshop, Prof. Rana Dajani did a presentation on We love Reading research activities.
Lina Qtaishat, Research Project Manager, presented a SWOT analysis for We Love Reading program, indicating strengths, current opportunities, and potential threats. She also spoke about the most prominent stages of the “We Love Reading Support for school children” project.
She said: “”We Love Reading is a research-backed program and that’s what makes it unique””
On the second day, a public seminar was held by a number of officials involved in implementing projects in eight countries under the Bridge programme (Pakistan, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, East Timor, Laos, Bhutan, and Malawi) on the topic “Informal Education and the Role of Women in the Context of International Development Cooperation Programs”.
During the seminar many examples of non-formal and lifelong education to empower vulnerable women in developing countries and in the Republic of Korea were presented, and the participants discussed common challenges and solutions.
Prof. Rana Dajani the founder of We Love Reading was one of the main speakers in the first session entitled “Women’s participation and meaning in non-formal education”
Prof Dajani presented the WLR program vision and activities, she also talked about the National Reading Campaign which was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture earlier this year.
She said: ”The impact of We Love Reading isn’t only on children, improving their reading practices and attitude so they can get the benefits of reading, but what we’ve discovered is that We Love Reading has become a program for mental health by reducing mental health burden and boosting resilience.
It is noteworthy that the workshop aimed to provide opportunities for mutual learning through the exchange of best practices related to literacy and lifelong learning from the partner organizations of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) in order to improve the sustainability of projects working under the Bridge Program, in addition to creating a network between partner organizations.