Room to Read - Pakistan Reading Project

The project aims to transfer Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and Room to Read’s (RtR) knowledge and experiences in primary school libraries and adapting children’s books to partners through a hands-on approach. The project will engage partners in a series of workshops and meetings and provide respective partner(s) with the financial and technical support to establish 20 primary school libraries in line with the RtR approach and to adapt 25 RtR storybook titles for the Pakistan context, translations and printing of 25 title (6000 books for each title, approx.. 150, 000 books). It is a two-year project starting from March 2020 to February 2022 and the project locations are district Lahore & Bahawalpur respectively.


The core areas of work for the Two Years Pakistan Literacy Project include:

- establishing and supporting model libraries in 20 government primary schools/schools with primary sections in two districts (Lahore & Bahawalpur) Punjab, Pakistan

- to adapt 25 age-appropriate children’s storybooks for the Pakistan context, publish 6000 each to help foster a habit of reading among children; and

- building capacity of district/provincial personnel in managing libraries to promote active use and literacy  



"Idara e Taleem o Aagahi is going to establish 20 “Modern School Libraries” in district Lahore and Bahawalpur under the project entitlement “Pakistan Literacy Project” in partnership with Room to Read and in collaboration with School Education Department, Punjab. Goal of the project is to promote and develop book reading habits among primary level students. This will be achieved through translation and adaptation of 25 international book titles in the context of Pakistan and provision of 600 book titles to established libraries. Project will also focus on training and capacity building of 140 personals from School Education Department and teaching staff from targeted schools on library management and facilitation with the expected outcome of creating a learning and reading friendly environment in schools."