Celebrating World Book Day
Join us as we celebrate World Book Day and some of our amazing education projects around the world.
Cambodia: a library fit for a king
Metrey is a Plan International sponsored child and a leader at his school. He wants to set a good example for others, to be a good student, a good son, and a good friend.
Metrey's entire school has benefited from Plan International's child sponsorship scheme, including a refurbished library with new books.
India: the children’s literary festival challenging gender stereotypes
In India, Plan International’s Children’s Literary Festival promotes the joy of reading and encourages children to rethink the role of gender in textbooks, stories and images.
The first festival took place in Lucknow and was attended by 250 children, who were able to share their experiences with each other. They also received a bundle of books which they were able to take back to their schools to benefit their communities.
Ethiopia: boosting refugee children’s reading
Storytelling has always been an important part of Ethiopian culture, but refugee life can make continuing this tradition a challenge.
Since 2016 Babur, who lives in a refugee camp, has been attending regular reading sessions at a children’s day centre set up by Plan International. The initiative is dedicated to helping the children living in the camp to improve their reading, and encourages them to tell stories to their peers.
Sierra Leone: learning to love books
In Sierra Leone, books are a rarity for many children. Few families have the means to buy them to read at home, and many children do not have access to books at school either.
In response, Plan International has been working with Book Aid International to distribute 10,000 books to over 100 primary and junior schools in eight districts across the country.
Nicaragua: a generation of little bookworms
Every Tuesday, around 25 to 30 children attend a Plan International supported Reading Corner in a rural community in Nicaragua. The children are also encouraged to take their books home with them, so they can read them with their family.
The project aims to inspire a passion for reading, as well as improving the children’s vocabulary and performance at school.
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