The We Love Reading (WLR) initiative in Jordan trained 20 ladies and 6 men from the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan to become storytellers for the children in their neighborhoods. Each of the refugees turned storytellers received a set of 25 children's stories as the start to their own libraries.
WLR succeeded in instilling an interest for reading and education in the minds of Syrian children that hadn't touched a book in month or even years. The children learned to value and appreciate reading, writing and creativity. The stories also helped the children imagine and tap into possibilities beyond the challenges of life in the refugee camps.
What can we learn?
- Any empty space, even a tent or a rug, can be transformed into a learning space or a local library.
- Local neighbors can be trained to be teachers; capacity building can lead the way to sustainability.
- We can create impact through very simple interventions.
- Stories are powerful learning tools!
To learn more about WLR please visit their website through the following link: http://www.welovereading.org/index.php?lang=en