IQRA’s Association Celebrates Reading Program

BEIRUT: The IQRA’ Association celebrated last week its Alkabir Yaqra Lisaghir program which encouraged Lebanese youth, especially school students, to develop reading as a lifelong habbit. IQRA’ (to read in Arabic) worked with schools in Hadath, Ras Beirut, Ghbeiri and Bkaatouta where it applied its Alkabir Yaqra Lisaghir program, Arabic for: the older child reads to the younger child. Fifth-grade students were trained to read to younger children during recess and their efforts were recognized at the end of the school year by a visit to a historical site and a celebration. The program started in 2007 and has been adopted in nine schools. All participating readers got medals for helping their school community.