International development agency, Muslim Aid endorses the World book and Copyright Day 2015 which promotes literacy for all.
Education is one of the key programmes of Muslim Aid through which it aims to combat poverty and illiteracy. Books play a crucial role for all the children, as it helps build confidence and develop skills which will lead them to a better future.
Muslim Aid has helped many children improve their lives through books and other educational services. For children living in camps in Myanmar as refugees, Muslim Aid distributed student kits in five primary schools in the villages of Done Pyin, Dar Paing and Done Pyin North and Done Min Gun. These student kits include books and essential stationery supplies for them to continue their education amidst the ongoing internal conflicts.
Muslim Aid Pakistan has three children centres in Burma Town and Tarno, Islamabad for bringing street children back to school. Pakistan is a developing country where 57% of the population lives below the poverty line. Many people cannot afford school fees and expenses for their children. On the other hand, children work in order to make both ends meet for their families. Through these Child Care Centres, Muslim Aid Pakistan has successfully implemented its “Accelerated Learning Approach” to get working and street children back into formal education.
Every year the centres provide 350 children with books, bags, uniform and essential stationery. These books assist the children in enhancing their reading as well as speech, essay and creative writing skills. In addition, through these books, the children get the vital knowledge which will enable to them to make informative decision required to build a bright future.
Abdul Ghani Hussain, the Country Desk Manager for Pakistan, said: ‘’ Distribution of books is a fundamental part of our education projects and services we provide in the developing countries. A child who knows to read and write has the opportunity to come out of the poverty and contribute to the community’’.