We Love Reading
Promoting literacy and education through reading aloud in community settings
Based on findings that many children do not read for pleasure, We Love Reading was established to instill a love of reading in children through trained volunteers reading aloud to children aged 4 to 10. The program is an innovative, grassroots intervention that is cost-efficient, sustainable, community-based and scalable. It is an informal educational program that seeks to keep children involved in reading, complementing existing educational systems, or sustaining a love of learning during educational lapses. We Love Reading is operating primarily in Jordan and Ethiopia and has spread to 33 countries through its reputation and international recognition. The model can be replicated anywhere as it requires minimal physical infrastructure since all books are given out on rotation by the volunteer reader, who receives the books through the training. The volunteers do not have to be highly educated. The trained readers are required to "pay it forward" by sharing newly acquired knowledge and training others to become readers.