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    Opening books, discovering dreams

    Day 119

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    Books are a coveted possession for children in Pakistan – and also a rarity. Most kids don’t have libraries or books in their classrooms.

    In a non-formal education classroom in Pakistan (a school that operates outside the formal education system, allowing kids the flexibility and knowledge to continue their studies), we wanted to make getting access to books just a little bit easier.

    And when we asked the kids who wanted to help set up their brand new library, all hands shot into the air!

    Together, we created a library and reading corner with books appropriate for all the kids in the class, ages 6 – 15. We made the reading corner comfortable and cozy, and set up a book check-out system so the kids can bring some of their favorites home for reading.

    Each child waited patiently for their turn to help set up the library. They handled the books with care, eagerly offering ideas for how to decorate and make it their own.

    Cinderella was one of their favorites – they couldn’t wait to sit, flip through the pages, and absorb the magical story.

    They children told us they were so eager to go through them all. “I want to stay here forever,” said one of the little girls.

    Everyone promised to use the books with care – and always return them on time!

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