Schools Unite for UNESCO's World Book Day Challenge
The schools hold a collective action around UNESCO’s World Book Day on April 23th. The school which collects the highest average number of books per student wins the annual World Book Day Award.
World Book Day
Read to Grow's Mission for Global Literacy Celebrating World Book Day
The World Book Day was proclaimed by UNESCO as a day for world attention to the reading of books, but also to the literacy problem in areas where it is not so obvious that everyone has access to good books. This day is annually held on April 23th. In cooperation with UNESCO Center of the Netherlands and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris Read to Grow is allowed to use the World Book Day as the date for the collection of books.
Leading Book Donations and the Prestigious World Book Day Award Read to Grow's Impact
Read to Grow receives the largest portion of its books through this action. Each year there is also a prize, known as World Book Day Award that is presented to the school with the most collected books per student.
Every year many schools collect books for Read to Grow around UNESCO’s World Book Day. These are mainly Dutch and European International Schools.
The course of action!
Each year, participating schools will start the World Book Day Action in February.
Read to Grow will make contact with your school and send information and posters in March, which your school can use to make the action known among the students.
From mid-April to the end of April, students can donate books to your collection at school.
The book collection is around the 23rd of April on World Book Day.
In May/June the transport of books from your school to the Read to Grow storage in The Netherlands will be arranged within a circle of 300 to 400 kilometers from our storage (when there are several addresses I the area or there is a good number of books).
But a minimum of 100 books should be collected. For international schools outside this circle, we hope the school can find a sponsor of transport to our storage.
Before the end of each year, it will be clear which school collected the highest average of books and won the World Book Day Award.
The World Book Day Award will be handed over in the new school year.
3 book quality guidelines
Read to Grow considers it of high importance that the books that we donate to our receivers are useful and of good quality. We always ask schools and students only to donate books that they themselves would like to receive.
The giving child
On October 1st, 2005, in cooperation with the municipality of Helmond the statue “The Giving Child” was unveiled in the new district Brandevoort.
The Giving Child is a symbol for all pupils and students from European schools who have donated books to pupils and students in developing countries through Read to Grow.
The Giving Child is also the symbol for all children who share their material wealth with children in developing countries. The Giving Child has been unveiled by children, along with Agnes van Ardenne, the Minister for Overseas Development.
The statue, which was the first art object in the district, was designed and made by a famous local artist Willem van der Velden. The picture is of a child who extends her arms to give a book. A dove is taking off to bring the book to a project in a developing country.