Sagar Lamichhane, now 19, grew up in Moti, a rural village in Nepal, with no interest in books or learning. He even tore off pages of books or threw them away thoughtlessly.
This changed when READ Nepal’s Moti Community Library and Resource Center (CLRC) announced a contest: the student who read the most books would win a prize. “The contest dragged me to the library and motivated me to read many books, many of which I had never seen or found so interesting before,” said Sagar.
Sagar went on to read 160 books in 2011, breaking a record at the library. He soon became an avid reader, greatly improving his reading and comprehension skills. As a result of his active involvement in the library, he received exemplary marks in his School Leaving Certificate and at higher secondary school.
READ Nepal’s Centers are invested in helping young people like Sagar maximize their potential. However, harnessing their potential is particularly challenging in rural communities. To address this, READ Nepal integrates youth programming at local centers by providing literacy courses, life skills, leadership and health training, and career counseling. As a result of the presence of READ Centers in rural communities, 88% of teachers surveyed believe that students’ grades have improved, while 70% of youth experienced a boost in the quality of their education.
Today, Sagar is in his 3rd semester of BSC Agriculture in Pokhara city, currently on a scholarship and at the top of his class. He credits his academic success to READ Nepal’s Moti Community Library and Resource Center (CLRC).
Sagar continues to visit the library and now donates every book he buys once he’s read them. “Every child can improve their skills in a conducive, supportive environment, which the READ Centers provide. They have been a great learning platform for children and the community at large,” says Sagar.