The Books Children Can Read and Enjoy - Marvel Hero Acts Supporting Education

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                                                  The Books Children Can Read and Enjoy - Marvel Hero Acts Supporting Education

                                                  Caption: 6-year-old Radha, left, 5-year-old Samikant, center, and Laxmi, 6, hold storybooks written in their local language of Maithili at their early learning center on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Saptari, Nepal. The Early Childhood Care and Development sponsorship programs works with local communities to design education programs tailored specifically to meet the unique needs of children in four remote and impoverished districts. In response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which damaged or destroyed over 7,000 schools and interrupted the education of 1.5 million children, Save the Children responded by constructing temporary learning centers, providing back-to-school bags for children, supplying materials and teaching-learning kits, and training teachers to provide psychosocial support to help children heal from trauma so they can learn again.

                                                  In Nepal, there is a gap in reading materials for children who speak different mother tongues at home. Furthermore, children who are just beginning to read, ranging from ages three to seven, require varied reading material according to their level, need, interest, and skill.

                                                  Stepping on these needs in the reading skill and materials, Save the Children’s Marvel Heroes Act Supporting Education project worked with around 40 Nepali illustrators and 80 writers to create 72 titles for children (67 of which are featured on the Resource Centre). These books, written in Maithali, Awadhi, Tharu, and Nepali, cater to children who speak these languages at home. This set also includes books in braille and stories that inform children about disaster risk reduction.

                                                  With these storybooks, we aim to minimize the gap of level-appropriate reading materials for emergent readers. Most importantly, we are encouraging children to become readers – to enjoy and understand what they are reading.

                                                  The books use interesting illustration and storytelling methods to peak children’s imagination and draw them into the world of reading.

                                                  With the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and Centre for Education and Human Resource Development (CEHRD) on board, the project is ultimately expected to contribute to the Government’s National Early Grade Reading Program’s ambition to turn our children into readers.

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