READ Global Blog - The Library Log: On Proverty and Education in Rural Asia

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Most of us take for granted our ability to easily access information, almost wherever and whenever we want. Books, computers, and cell phones are standard tools in our homes, schools and offices.

Now, imagine that for one day, you couldn’t use the Internet or read books. You couldn’t check your email, scan the news online, or log into Facebook. If you had a question about something, you couldn’t simply Google it. You couldn’t even visit a library to find the answer in a book.

Published: Monday, 10 November 2014

Nepal Junbesi trek

When I first trekked up to the beautiful blue pilgrimage lake of Gosainkund in Nepal in 1984, the national literacy rate was about 33% (less for women), and the average yearly income was about $160 per person, though much of the economy was based on a barter system. Infant mortality was very high, and health care was minimal.

Thirty years later, looking back at the transformation Nepal has undergone since founding the nonprofit READ Global, I am amazed and proud of the collective progress we have made. Literacy rates have doubled and per capita income has quadrupled.

Published: Monday, 03 November 2014

India Playschool

This blog post was written by Reema Ahuja, School In-Charge of the READ India Playschool.

More than 80% of brain growth occurs between birth and age six in a child. These early years form perhaps the most crucial period in a person’s life, when the rate of development is very high and foundations are laid for cumulative lifelong learning and human development. For the brain to develop optimally, a child needs a stimulating environment, social interaction, and adequate nutrients. The absence of these things can result in a child being less healthy and having a lower IQ, which makes it harder for them to do well in school and eventually to get jobs as adults.

Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

READ Nepal was recognized this September for best practices in literacy by the Library of Congress Literacy Award. A Best Practices publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of organizations. READ Nepal was recognized for its best practice in increasing motivation to read and write.

Published: Monday, 27 October 2014

Rural Library India

Despite widespread efforts over the past fifteen years to improve education in South Asia – mostly through access to primary education – the ground reality is that hundreds of millions of people are being left behind, and the causes and implications go far beyond school walls.