Worldreader Expands Its ‘Read To Kids’ Program

Empowering literacy program will now help empower Syrian refugees

Image credit: UNHCR / Tanya Habjouqa

Children are the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian Refugee crisis. And while host countries like Jordan are taking generous measures to improve access to education for these children, many are at risk of being left behind.

Every child should be able to benefit from the power of reading. That’s why Pearson, founder and convener of the Project Literacy campaign, is proud to announce that Worldreader will be building on the success of our joint Read to Kids program in India by expanding it to support conflict-impacted families in Jordan.

The program supports parents and caregivers to become their children’s first teachers, enabling and encouraging them to read to their young children using their mobile phones. While the crisis has interrupted many children’s education, parents have a tool at their disposition to keep children reading: their mobile phones. Leveraging high literacy and mobile access in conflict-impacted communities, there is an opportunity to provide an emergency response for educational support unlike ever before.   

The Read to Kids program will bring Arabic children’s books to 50,000 households across Jordan via a mobile phone app.  The program seeks to strengthen the role parents and caregivers can play in their children’s reading development. Working with educators and publishers, Worldreader has been able to curate a psycho-social collection of books that encourages stories and reading as a safe way to explore emotions and generate healing. 

Read to Kids Jordan is the latest Worldreader project aimed at demonstrating the transformative impact of giving parents the tools they need to read with their children.

Each year, over 200 million children are at risk of not reaching their full cognitive potential before the age of five.

- Worldreader

Many of these children are living in communities affected by poverty or, increasingly, in communities affected by armed conflict. To address this learning crisis, education programs need to start early and support children’s learning long before the child reaches the classroom. Family and community support is critical to mitigating the effects of inequitable access to quality education. Being read to regularly at an early age can mitigate some of the effects of poverty and conflict on learning.

Through quality books, a supportive environment and simple scaleable technology solutions, parents can be provided with the tools needed to improve their child’s reading journey and help level the playing field for such disadvantaged children. Providing this opportunity to children affected and displaced by conflict is an important step in helping to reduce the impact on their development and future potential.

The expansion of Read to Kids will start in late 2017 with support from the Jordanian Ministry of Education.

Find out more about the Read To Kids program and download the app at

You can also help support Worldreader and its many projects by making a donation.

25 Feb 2017 - 13:05

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