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.
Jul 21, 2010

Fundación Leer Initial Report

Fundación Leer Initial Report-July 2010: Program “Open Book Project” in the school Nº 4233-Las Llanas, Salta

In this report we present a synthesis of the first developed actions of the program “Open Book Project” implemented in an educational institution located in a rural part of Las Llanas, province of Salta, Argentina.

We include in it a brief description of the program and a general explanation of the institution and its beneficiaries. Finally, we present the activities completed to date.

The Open Book Project is a Fundación Leer program that seeks to make reading a more relevant part of daily life for families and to support institutions that lack books with the possibility of counting on them in a context that favors the relationship between children and books.

Establishing Reading Corners and developing activities that promote reading for pleasure are two of the pillars upon which this program rests.

Through the implementation of this program, Fundación Leer seeks to achieve the following objectives:

· To create spaces in which children and youth can access books and learn to feel comfortable being in contact with them.

· Stir up the desire to read amongst children and youth.

· Train teachers so that they can encourage children and youth to read for pleasure and involve families in the process of youth literacy

· Provide a space in which parents can share books with their children.

· Make the community aware of the importance of developing reading habits for the future of its children and their families

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Jul 1, 2010

Final Report (Spanish Version)

Gracias al valioso apoyo recibido de personas como Usted y a la colaboración de Globalgiving, Fundación Leer logró implementar el programa “Proyecto libro Abierto” beneficiando a 219 niños en situación de vulnerabilidad de la Escuela Nº 27 “Juan Galo Lavalle” en Uquía, provincia de Jujuy.

El proyecto consistió en la capacitación de 7 docentes de nivel primario y directivos de la escuela en técnicas innovadoras de promoción de la alfabetización y la lectura. Además, con el asesoramiento de Fundación Leer, los docentes y las familias acondicionaron el espacio de lectura (confeccionaron alfombras, almohadones, cortinas, bolsilleros y estantes) y crearon un Rincón de Lectura con 405 libros nuevos de literatura infantil y juvenil, estableciendo en la escuela un lugar atractivo y cálido para que los niños disfruten de la lectura. A partir de este nuevo espacio, los niños empezaron a participar de diversas actividades relacionadas con la lectura (rondas de lecturas compartidas, representación de obras de teatro, actividades plásticas a partir de las historias leídas, etc.) y comenzaron a mejorar su comprensión lectora y expresión oral. También la mayoría de las familias comenzó a concientizarse sobre la importancia de la lectura para el desarrollo intelectual y afectivo de sus hijos. De esta manera, la implementación del programa contribuyó a la mejora de los niveles de alfabetización de los niños que asisten a la Escuela Nº 27 “Juan Galo Lavalle” en Jujuy.

Promover la alfabetización de estos niños es una de las claves para generar igualdad de oportunidades y así superar los obstáculos de un entorno social desfavorable. Desde Fundación Leer y con su ayuda pudimos dar respuesta a la necesidad de fortalecer la alfabetización de esta comunidad vulnerable para promover el cambio social.

Desde ya muchas gracias de parte del equipo de Fundación Leer.

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May 14, 2010

Many Thanks to our Supporters

Thanks to the support of 10 donors through Globalgiving, Operation Canasta (a program of the Ivy Inter-American Foundation in the United States) and an individual donor, Fundación Leer is starting the project Library for Indigenous Wichi Kids in Salta.

A Reading Corner will be built at an indigenous rural school located in Las Llanas, Salta, Argentina, benefiting 42 at risk children and their families. These vulnerable families have poor access to health/educational services and literacy materials. Fundación Leer will train five local teachers to effectively promote literacy among kids in the facility. Also, 300 new children’s books will be bought and a Reading Corner assembled, bringing children closer to books and motivating them to read.

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