World Education will soon begin implementing a new Home-Based Reading project in 504 households in Kampong Thom and Battambang provinces. Funded by the World Bank, this one-year project seeks to increase the amount, quality, and effectiveness of students’ at-home reading behaviors. The project will target both current Grade 2 students and their caregivers.
During the project’s 7-month implementation phase, WEI will provide participating Grade 2 students with books to keep and read at home, and participating caregivers with instructions on how best to encourage their child to read at home. Students will receive 59 books in total, including all of the pattern and sensory books developed by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and NGO experts under the Ministry’s early grade learning program, Komar Rien Komar Cheh.
By providing children with book packages for use at home, parents with instructions on how to encourage their children to spend time reading, and regular home visits and support from World Education’s trained Home Reading Friends, the project will contribute to building a culture of home reading and reading for enjoyment among early grade readers.