Apart from these projects, Grow Your Reader Foundation (GYRF) annually organizes different community mobilization projects to empower children from all social classes. This program includes:
Grow Your Reader Foundation has taken an innovative initiative in collaboration with Teach For Bangladesh, who will be the implementation partner executing the project promoting awareness on child marriage and child labour. The initiative aims to promote awareness against child marriage and child labour for ensuring student retention and will positively impact 1,843 school students and 3,686 parents from 31 classrooms in 21 schools in Dhaka and Chattogram.
As we, Grow Your Reader Foundation (GYRF), embarked on a collaborative journey with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Bangladesh at the beginning of this year, little did we know the exciting adventure that awaited us. The challenge was immense: How could we distill FAO’s ambitious aspirations for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life into a format that would captivate and enlighten primary school students? The answer lay in the power of storytelling and a thoughtful, closed-loop approach.
Our initial apprehension about covering such a vast array of topics was met with a unique, yet brilliantly conventional solution. Recognizing that children learn best when engaged, we decided to mobilize information through the enchanting world of short stories. This approach ensured that the young minds wouldn’t perceive the learning process as a burdensome task but rather as an exciting journey filled with exploration and discovery.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe. The theme for Commonwealth Day 2023 was ‘Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future’. Young people in countries across the Commonwealth were raising a “Flag of Peace” on 13th March to celebrate and mark Commonwealth Day. The initiative was supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Royal Commonwealth Society and Bruno Peek, Pageant master.
In collaboration with the Queens Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Secretariat, on 13th March 2023 GYRF celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter by raising the Commonwealth of Nations Flag of Peace. The Commonwealth Charter is a document of the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all the people of the Commonwealth. The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.
We were very excited and overwhelmed that this year in Bangladesh, the founder of Grow Your Reader Foundation, Sadia Jafrin was selected by Queens Commonwealth Trust to raise a “Flag of Peace” at Bangladesh time, 11 AM to celebrate and mark Commonwealth Day.
“Connecting Our Worlds Through Our Cultures” is a project for promoting intercultural dialogue among young people by sharing the cultures of countries via a cultural exchange program to create their own identity. Grow Your Reader Foundation (GYRF) from Bangladesh and African Youth Writers Organization (AYWO) from Ghana are collaborating to ensure that children in Bangladesh and Ghana would be able to learn and unlearn about each other’s worlds; by challenging misconceptions and embracing diversity. The worldview of children and participants would be enriched with new information and experiences at the end of this 6-week long project. We are promoting world unity and tolerance through this project since we think that we are being more resistant to accepting diversity rather than appreciating it day by day.
This problem is visible more in lower economic strata. So this project is working for SDGs 3, 4, 16, and 17.
In our piloting, 22 children from GYRF after-school program at Jashore, Bangladesh, and 30 children from AYWO Ghana participated.
In the coming years, we anticipate having a vibrant sustainable project that would pull together more organizations in the literacy space to collaborate, partner, and exchange ideas to better the reading skills of children in low-income areas and promote unity and tolerance.
An event “আমরাও পারি বদলে দিতে বিশ্বকে” for special children with physical disabilities, children from upper and lower economic class to ensure inclusiveness to break the social stigma thus helped to boost up the confidence of the special children.
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