How libraries in Bangladesh are creating a culture of reading beyond the classroom

(5 April 2016) Bangladesh has made impressive progress over the past 15 years in improving the reach of its education system, enrolling more than 97% in primary school by 2015 – an increase of almost 40% since 1990. The new challenge is ensuring that those in school are learning the necessary skills; however, crowded schools are struggling to help every child learn to read.

Since last year, IREX and Save the Children have been working together to help libraries support the USAID-funded READ program. The Beyond Access Bangladesh initiative aims to make use of the country’s existing libraries to create opportunities for children and their families to gain access to more reading materials and begin to associate reading with enjoyment.

This well illustrated article is on the Beyond Access website.