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READ Pakistan is a Trust registered under the Trust Act, with a team of highly professionals motivated for an educated Pakistan moving ahead on creation of reading facilities accessible to all and to train teachers / librarians/ parents to develop a greater emphasis on reading habits in the children/parents coping up with present and future challenges.

Why Read Pakistan:

At present the gravest problems that Pakistan is facing Illiteracy and terrorism. Since, the last few years, we have become habitual and insensitive towards news like bomb blast, target killing, violence etc though, it is a global issue but Pakistan has to bear the brunt of it. Pakistan’s involvement in the War on Terror has further fuelled the fire. We are facing war like situation against the terrorists. This daunting situation is caused due to several factors, amongst many; Illiteracy is the root causes of extremism and terrorism;

  • A child aged 6 years to 15 years is at a vulnerable stage and takes these events very seriously which affects its mind create a mental block for learning,
  • More than one in five men aged 15 to 24 unable to read or write, and only one in 20 is in tertiary education.

Such a high illiteracy rate and trend has made Pakistan a vulnerable state.

Dr. Mahathir said, “Ignorance breeds terrorism. The social scientists unanimously declare that the social and economic evils are a direct consequence of illiteracy and ignorance. Illiteracy and Ignorance> Unemployment > Poverty > Deprivation > Physical/Psychological Indisposition> Injustice and Violation of Human Rights > Political, Ethnic and Religious Prejudices > Sectarianism and Terrorism. It was found, throughout the human history, reading rate of the leading nations was much higher than the nations being ruled.On the other hand, study reveals that “there was a link between deprivation and not reading” the individuals who never read books, live in more deprived areas living in darkness”

  • Another research indicates that frequent readers are more likely to be satisfied with life,happier and more successful in their professional lives.
  • Modern world is the world of ideas, information and Knowledge.
  • The nations having high reading rates have high living quality, more peace, and less crime ratios.
  • In developed world, today i.e. Japan, Korea, USA, UK, the reading rate is above 50% in China, it is 75% but in Pakistan, sadly, it is less than 2%.
  • Koreans read 11 books on average in 2011, French 8.4, Japanese about 8.4, the US citizens 7.Alarmingly 95% of Pakistan students don’t read a single book in their entire life except syllabus books.

Objective:

The overall goal of Read Pakistan is to ensure that every person gets a reading opportunity and to train the librarians/teachers in developing the reading habits and diffusion of knowledge in Pakistan and promotion of the lifetime reading habit and also to promote quality literacy instruction, advocate life-long reading, clarify educational issues for decision makers, and support research in literacy. 

Our Values:  Equal opportunities for reading and learning for all.

Vision:  We envision a society in which all people have an access to reading and have equal opportunities of learning and personal and professional growth.

Mission:  Providing reading facilities to all and Training of Librarians/teachers.

Strategy: Creation of reading facilities accessible to all and to train Librarians/teachers to develop a greater emphasis on reading habits in the children coping up with present and future challenges.

Why Reading: Research shows, that reading:

 

  • Stimulates the mind,
  • It opens human mind towards new thoughts,
  • New ideas and possibilities.
  • It improves focus and concentration,
  • It increases knowledge. 

Various Studies show that the more knowledge one has, the better-equipped he is to tackle any challenge he’ll ever face:

  • It improves creativity,
  • Increases Self confidence,
  • Raises self esteem,
  • Builds expertise, and
  • Forms new mental associations.

Today, ‎the leading nations are the nations of readers. In developed world, today i.e

  • Japan, Korea, USA, UK, the reading rate is above 50%.
  • China, it is 75%.
  • Koreans read 11 books on average in 2011,
  • French 8.4,
  • Japanese about 8.4,
  • US citizens 7
  • Sadly in Pakistan, it is 2% and 95% of Pakistani students don’t read a single book in whole life except their syllabus books.

Keeping in view, the above mentioned circumstances, we are going to launch an extensive Reading campaign across the country.

By the grace of Almighty Allah we have launched Read Pakistan from Islamabad.

“The individuals, who never read books, live in more deprived areas, with a higher proportion of children living in poverty and also who read less have lower levels of qualifications, happiness, and satisfaction within their lives”.

If Learning is not compulsory!!! Neither is Survival!!!