‘Kids Read’ hosts new events in May, June in Egypt
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By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: The British Council’s award-winning Kids Read program will host new community events in Alexandria and Cairo in May and June, project manager Nil Winston told The Cairo Post Wednesday.

The program primarily aims to encourage children to realize that reading “can be fun,” urge teachers to use stories where students will be more motivated, and direct parents to “adopt this habit,” said Winston.

The program, in partnership with the HSBC, aims to urge children to read, train teachers at schools and create an approaching theme between parents and their kids across the Middle East and North Africa region through reading community events.

The program has been running for three years as it reached 35,000 children in the Middle East, of which 3,000 were in Egypt, Winston continued.

The program will hosts continuous events at schools. “There is cooperation between the program and the Ministry of Education and Al-Azhar institute,” he said, adding that Kids Read provides schools with 50 different English stories.

The Kids Read program hosted a community event on March 6 at the children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation (CCHF) 57357. The event was organized by HSBC Bank Egypt and the British Council Egypt, in partnership with the CCHF.

“It was the first time for the program to be hosted in a hospital and it was restricted to the children there who enjoyed a day of storytelling and different activities,”  Rose Mary Gad, the communication manager at the British Council told The Cairo Post.

Gad added that during the event, children enjoyed participating in various activities, where they designed their own bank notes suggesting how money could be spent to “help and develop the world.” She noted that through drawing their bank notes, children discussed the idea of how money can bring happiness.

“In this Kids Read event, our colleagues are given the chance to put a smile on the faces of the children in 57357 hospital through a successful partnership with the British Council and Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE) 57357,” said Sahar El Damati, chief  risk officer of HSBC Bank Egypt in a joined press release issued on March 5.

In the same release, Jonathan Gayther, English director at British Council Egypt said, “Kids Read is an initiative which is helping thousands of children and parents across the MENA region to realize the benefits of reading for pleasure – and through our workshops and community events they’re not only developing an appreciation of the world outside their immediate environment but they’re also building the critical thinking skills and independence that allow us to grow as individuals.”

The CCHF is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in 2004 aiming to offer quality care to children with cancer for free.

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