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Why Reading

700.000+ people live below poverty rate · · ·

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· · · and almost 500.000 of them live outside of Yerevan

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It is proven that people with less capital are less likely to get access to high quality education.

Socio-economic inequality creates a situation when people with cultural and economic capital are getting richer, and those who do not have access to the capital are getting poorer.

If the situation persists there will be a huge loss of human capital

BUT IS EVERYTHING SO HOPELESS?

Many research studies have found out that there is an effective and affordable tool to reduce inequality in education and access to it – book or reading by itself.

This is how books influence on individuals and educational system:

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Books: Inspiration for Personal Development

Being surrounded by books is proven to become the inspiration for continuous development of children and the basis for improving student performance, despite the economic and cultural differences of families1. Children’s books have 50% more rare words in them than does adult prime-time television and adult conversation 2.

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Reading: Fundament for Personal Success

Reading positively affects academic success at school and university3 and leads to higher earnings in later life4. Reading develops emotional intelligence5, vocabulary and expression of thoughts in both oral and written speech6. Researchers have demonstrated that reading can reduce stress by 68%7.

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Reading literacy: Basis of Educational System Success

Reading literacy is the process whereby readers have literary experience, read book on a regular basis, enjoy reading, gain useful knowledge of the world around them, and are thoughtful about what they read 8. Reading literacy is highlighted as one of the main criteria for the success of the country's educational system in research of OECD PISA9 and as one of the main components of basic literacy in research at the TIMSS & PIRLS International Learning Center, in reports of the 21st Century Skills World Economic Forum10.

Zartnir covers all stages of reading’s influence and leads to the success of the educational system of Armenia and therefore maximizes return on investment in an NGO

LEVEL OF INFLUENCE

THREE STAGES

DESCRIPTION

ZARTNIR COVERAGE

Books: Inspiration for Personal Development

Being surrounded by books is proven to become the inspiration for continuous development of children despite the economic and cultural differences of families

Reading: Fundament for Personal Success

Reading positively affects academic success and earnings in later life. Reading develops emotional intelligence, vocabulary and expression of thoughts in both oral and written speech

Most organizations’ scope

Reading literacy: Basis of Educational System Success

Reading literacy* is highlighted as one of the main criteria for the success of the country's educational system

* Reading literacy is the process whereby a person reads books on a regular basis, enjoy reading, gain knowledge and are thoughtful about what they read.

How we do it?

THREE STAGES

DESCRIPTION

ZARTNIR ACTIONS IN DETAILS

Books: Inspiration for Personal Development

Purchase great new books in Armenian

  • • Purchase of books in Armenia in Armenian language
  • • Transportation of books to schools
  • • Teacher provides each student with a book
  • • Most kids and their families receive first books in life

Reading: Fundament for Personal Success

Provide books to students to read

  • • Students read great books which most of their families cannot afford to purchase
  • • In average, Zartnir students read 5-6 books per year
  • • They awaken love towards books and engage their friends in reading

Reading literacy: Basis of Educational System Success

Run weekly interactive classes to discuss books

  • • Cooperate with inspiring teachers for at least a year
  • • Teachers organize weekly interactive classes
  • • Teachers fully engage students into discussions
  • • After books are read students write essays and debate about the book

Sources:

1. M. D. R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora (2018) published in the journal 'Social Science Research' research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries

2. https://www.bustle.com/articles/ 172062-kids-books-use-more-rare-words-than-adult-tv-so-drop-the-remote-for-improved-vocab

3. Christy Whitten, Sandra Labby, Sam L. Sullivan (2016); Guthrie & Wigfield (2000)

4. Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber, Christoph Weiss (2017)

5. David Comer Kidd, Emanuele Castano (2013)

6. American Academy of Pediatrics. Carolyn B. Cates (2017)

7. https://literacyworldwide.org/ docs/default-source/resource-documents/ila-take-action-benefits.pdf

8. Warp & Walmsley, 1995, 194

9. https://data.oecd.org/pisa/ reading-performance-pisa.htm

10. https://timssandpirls.bc.edu/pirls-landing.html