Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

 
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Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

Having Fun in the Children’s Corner

Having Fun in the Children’s Corner
Every Community Library has a Children’s Corner where girls can gather to read on their own or with others. The girl in this picture lives in San Juan la Laguna and visits the library every weekday afternoon. They know it’s their space, and that makes it special. Providing children with the tools and safe environment to develop their love for reading is fundamental for building life-long readers.

Mom Reading With Baby

Mom Reading With Baby
When parents spend time with their small children reading, singing, or playing games, such as this mom in Zacualpa, important cognitive skills develop. Our Emergent Literacy Program applies 6 fundamental techniques to prepare parents to engage their children ages 0 to 5 using reading as the core activity. Pregnant mothers read or sing to their unborn babies; fathers play simple math games with their daughters; and parents with low literacy levels develop their own skills and self-confidence.

Pouring into a Subject

Pouring into a Subject
This student volunteers every day at the Chiché community library. Having access to a broad range of reading materials allows her to improve her research opportunities for homework assignments, as well as freely explore subjects of interest for fun.

Self Confidence

Self Confidence
Community Libraries provide an environment filled with resources to engage girls at every level. Chess competitions, as well as our Book Clubs serve as excellent vehicles for developing critical thinking and self-confidence.

Girls Reading After School

Girls Reading After School
Book Clubs play out in different forms. Most of the time, participants (ages 9 to 15) take home the same title, read a chapter, and return to the Library to discuss and explore their ideas through a guided discussion by a Library staff or volunteer. Sometimes participants read different titles and share with the group their interpretations. The ability to communicate one’s own original ideas with confidence challenges many teens in communities where we work, which is why we focus on it.

Full of Wonder

Full of Wonder
Achieving literacy as an ending point is not our mission. Using reading as a vehicle for sparking a spirit of discovery for young people, so they are armed with important technical and social tools as well as a strong sense of creativity, curiosity, and innovation is our goal.

Fun Exchanging Ideas

Fun Exchanging Ideas
Whether participating in a Debate Team or digging into a novel in a Book Club, brainstorming on how to go about planning a community volunteer cleanup project, or planning to present research done for a school project, girls need safe spaces to express themselves freely and explore their ideas. Community libraries provide the environment for all of this to occur in rural Guatemala.

New Definitions

New Definitions
Riecken community libraries promote a methodology of research more akin to “exploration” so that girls investigating a homework assignment or a teen looking for information on a topic of personal interest are comfortable stepping from one type of material to another such as the Internet, reference books, and others, using a simplified version of the Dewey Decimal System.

Role Models Inspire

Role Models Inspire
Girls need older role models for support, guidance, and as examples for developing and taking ownership of their personal set of values and building their identity. Since the culture of volunteerism is so strong in community libraries, they provide the perfect place for girls to find mentors, such as in the Chiché library.
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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

William Cartwright

President
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala