Shifting the way Pakistan thinks about reading and its
importance for our children…
GoRead.pk aims to bring about social change through reading stories focusing on the development of positive personality traits with an emphasis on Tarbia (character development), Ehsaas (compassion) and Adab (literature).The characters, their situations, actions and consequences in our stories act as springboards to engage children in meaningful discussions creating a generation of youth that loves to read while nurturing positive personal development for their well-being and success. Stories read by GoRead.pk will focus on character traits in a developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant way.
Our model is evidence based and human centred developed locally in a cost effective and sustainable way.
Who are we impacting?
Our first phase of stories are developmentally appropriate for children between the ages of 5 years to 9 years old. Early childhood is the most important phase in a child’s development and reading to children at a young age is essential for a strong, healthy mind. Research also informs that reading helps develop non-cognitive skills as well, resulting in positive social skills and a balanced personality.
We intend to expand our library of stories for children between the ages of 10 years to 16 years old and help address some of the problems faced by our youth through our program.
Measuring the impact
Each of our stories is unique in its lessons disseminated and positive impact created for our beneficiaries.
Our programme will ensure rigorous monitoring and evaluation tools are available and utilised by GoReaders (volunteers) and administrative staff to measure our impact and provide valuable insights:
- Pre and post tests will be created and used to gather data for evaluation and analysis to measure impact
- GoReaders will have access to simple yet effective tools for monitoring sessions conducted and gather both quantitative and qualitative data
- Maintaining regular monitoring and communication within our communities through our ‘mobile’ library program which ensures sustained impact as selected community leaders further the GoRead.pk philosophy within their neighbourhoods
- Programme structure will be revisited each year and information from data will be used to make any constructive changes needed as future planning is implemented
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Additionally, we also are working on advancing the following UN SDGs through our stories developed for youth in Pakistan:
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Technology and Communication
A mobile app would provide targeted information to our GoReaders using technology to ensure a well-established and active virtual community. The virtual community will allow for capacity building, data collection and documentation in addition to sharing and exchange of best practices of read aloud sessions. Our program intends to digitize processes and use technology for sustainability and scalability helping to smoothen data flow, minimize errors and to gather high-quality impact data efficiently.