Fundacion Leer

Fundacion Leer promotes reading and literacy among children in Argentina, creating lasting and positive effects in their personal development and helping them enter the social fabric. Since reading skills benefit educational processes, we intervene early so as to close the achievement gap between at-risk communities and their affluent peers. We offer globally proven reading programs to urban/rural schools, libraries, hospitals, and community centers, meeting vulnerable children's literacy needs.
Nov 25, 2011

The Reading Corner was inaugurated!

Reading Corner
Reading Corner

The Training Day Event took place on the 20th September at the school. At that time, they already had the books for the Reading Corner, the program manual, and the telephone contact with Fundación Leer specialists who have given them advice for undertaking the project.

The training event covered the following contents: Open Book Program methodology, children book selection criteria, how to promote reading in children, how to profit from the Reading Corner to get children interested in books, how to get families involved in children’s reading skills’ development.

The space chosen for the Reading Corner was a classroom with  some computers installed. They decorated the classroom  during October with the help of children and their families. Every family made a cushion and teachers made "book wallets" to put new books in. 

The Reading Corner was inaugurated on the 4th November 2011. Many activities took place at the Opening Event: dramatization of stories by children, a symbolic ribbon cutting, a free tour, reading at the Reading Corner and an evening tea together.

Action to be undertaken: to establish a Reading Corner timetable, to implement various reading motivator activities there through phone and e-mail advice and follow up by  Fundación Leer.

Children reading in the new space
Children reading in the new space
Aug 26, 2011

Arrival of some of the books!

Dear donors,

Thanks to donations received so far plus the financial help of an international foundation that donated to this project, some of the 300 new books to equip a children´s library have been sent to the school!

The Director of the school got in touch with us: she was moved that so many people have mobilised resources to help this isolated school at Quitilipi and all the children that make a huge effort to go to classes.

We are still looking for donors to help us fully fund this project and build for the very first time a colourful and vibrant Reading Corner where children will discover the joy of reading while learning to read and write.

Please help us by posting the project in facebook, via twitter or telling your friends and family.

Many, many thanks!

The team at Fundacion Leer

May 20, 2011

Villa Elisa Community Center: first stage of project implementation

Training day
Training day

Thanks to funding received, we have implemented the first stage of this project at the community center located in Villa Elisa, Chaco.

The direct beneficiaries of the program are the 60 children who attend the Villa Elisa community centre.

The indirect beneficiaries of this project include the institution’s staff which receives pedagogical training and technical assistance throughout the year and the community in general which will have access to the books through their use of the Reading Corner.

The following highlights the actions developed by Fundación Leer to help the institution during this first stage of work.  

  • Initial training for the beneficiary institution’s staff.
  • Selection of books.
  • Pedagogical training and technical assistance.
  • Distribution of helpful materials.
  • Publicizing the program throughout the community.
  • Construction of the Reading Corner.
  • Conducting of motivational reading activities.

 

COMPLETED ACTIONS

Training

The training day, coordinated by a specialist from Fundación Leer, took place on March 18th in the Conproso headquarters located in Resistencia. In attendance at the training day were the centre coordinator, one of the scholastic support teachers, the physical education teacher and two community developers.

The completion of the Initial Training Day marked the beginning of another process which has been developing until the present day and which will continue throughout the program’s duration: the permanent training, which allows for a continuous channel of communication between Fundación Leer and  the coordinators of each institution and allows for emerging situations to be tended to and resolved.   

During the training day the program materials were distributed:

 

  • A manual for the coordinators, which contains information on the program, guidelines and suggestions for working in each of the program’s stages.  
  • Activity workbooks for using in the training days dealing with the theme of reading promotion.
  • Publishing house catalogues and order forms for selecting books.

 

Next Steps  

The next steps will be:

  • The Inauguration of the Reading Corner.
  • The use of the space and the organization of various motivational reading activities.
  • Participation in the Ninth National Reading Marathon.

 

“This program is excellent; I love the idea of being able to have reading material that suits the children’s interests, as well as being able to integrate more into the community. We are all very grateful and motivated to work towards improving the children’s quality of life” - Community center referral.

Community referrals receiving training
Community referrals receiving training

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