Report on WORLD READ ALOUD DAY
By: Aryashree Aryal & Harinee Suthakar
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations – something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out to toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” –Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia
World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), celebrated every year on the first Wednesday of March, calls for global attention to the importance of education and literacy. LitWorld honors WRAD by reading out loud and sharing stories. This year we celebrated WRAD a little later on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou Read Aloud
On Friday, children expressed excitement and enthusiasm – setting up the perfect environment for Rukmini Foundation’s WRAD celebration. The program was held in Shikharapur Community School at 11:00 A.M. Rukmini Foundation scholars, and Arunodaya Higher Secondary School scholars were actively engaged as performers in the WRAD celebration. Students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 supported and applauded their peers who performed.
Rukmini Scholars shared their own personal stories out loud
The atmosphere was filled with creativity as stories were shared through performances. Students made different characters come alive on stage. These performances emphasized the importance of imagination in education. Students did not hesitate to participate in WRAD. Even Kindergarteners – some younger than five-years old – took part in WRAD by singing nursery rhymes and reading aloud their books.
The scholars shared famous quotes by women from all walks of life
WRAD encourages children and adults to celebrate the power of words through reading out loud and sharing stories. To highlight the power of words, quotes from different leaders and inspirational individuals around the world, and poems by Maya Angelou and Laxmi Prasad Devkota were recited. Participants spoke in their native languages, such as Newari or Tibetan. German volunteer, Caroline Laura, recited a beautiful poem in German. Ms. Alissa Shrestha, a social work trainee, played wonderful music throughout the program.
We even included some music in this event
There is magic in reading – a sense that the text and the reader fully understand each other. All the students who celebrated WRAD felt this magic as they learned a new way to experience reading. The success of this program would not have been possible without Rukmini Foundation staff and social work trainees in the Pharping area. We appreciate Representatives from the Nepal Police Wives Association for recognizing the value of WRAD events.
We even had some German being read aloud as volunteer Caroline from Germany read a poem by Goethe
Through our WRAD program, Rukmini Foundation showed students the unparalleled power of education and literacy.
Another wonderful and successful World Read Aloud Day
The order of stories, poems, and quotes, as recited by WRAD participants is shown below:
|A Friend In Need is A Friend Indeed
|Isha & Laxmi
|Bell the Cat
|Saurav, Rahul, Shekhar
|The Blind Man with A Lamp
|Pramesh, Saurav, Rashmita
|Paagal – Laxmi Prasad Devkota
|Quote – Nelson Mandela
|The Patient Little Girl
|The Evil Plan
|Scholars from Arunodaya
|Quote- C. Joybell C.
|Quote- Marilyn Monroe
|Still I Rise- Maya Angelou
|Quote – Nick Vujicic
|The Selfish Dog
|Quote – Gautam Buddha
|The Dog and the Donkey
|The Bad Company
|The Fox and the Grapes
|Quote – Dalai Lama
|Caroline Laura Zähringer
|The elephant and the tailor
|The wolf and the shepherd boy
|Anusha, Prajwola, Samita
|The dishonest doctor
|Surav, Dipika, Roshan
|The hidden treasure
|Rabin, Manish, Sajjan, Darshan, Jaganath, Prachan
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