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Fostering a Love for Reading in Nepal: Let’s Read Exhibitions

Program Year: 2024

In Nepal, our Let’s Read initiative is continuing to cultivate a love of books and reading through interactive and community-focused literature festivals. The initiative draws on The Asia Foundation’s deep expertise and networks in communities across Asia and the Pacific to cultivate the skills of local authors and illustrators while building Asia’s only free digital library for children.

On February 18, Let’s Read in Nepal participated in the 11th edition of the Nepal Literature Festival. The Let’s Read team encouraged parents, teachers, and grown-up siblings to install the app, read aloud to their children, and showcase their children’s comprehension by responding to thought-provoking questions to win a print book.

On March 23, in Kathmandu, Let’s Read also partnered with the eighth edition of Echoes in The Valley (EITV), an international event celebrating folk music, heritages, and traditions. We hosted three concurrent reading sessions with Let’s Read collaborators, conducted Mithila art sessions, and provided word quizzes to engage with the participants inspired by stories from our vast library. Our Let’s Read team set up interactive booths at both festivals, where visitors could interact with and explore the Let’s Read digital library. Parents, teachers, and children downloaded the Let’s Read app and learned about reading resources and literary tools. Visitors walked away with access to hundreds of books with the Let’s Read app and fun stickers, coloring bookmarks, read-aloud activities, book giveaways based on stories from our library, and the Let’s Read posters offering tips on reading.

The Let’s Read Photo prop, adorned with the elephant mascot, proved immensely popular, captivating children and adults and providing visibility for the program. During EITV, the family’s active participation and involvement with Let’s Read at both festivals strengthened the team’s dedication to ensuring accessible literature resources to empower the young and emerging generation.

Related locations: Nepal
Related programs: Books for Asia
Related topics: Let's Read

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