Reading festivals were held simultaneously at Sadar, Dimla and Kishoreganj upazilas of the district on 8 September 2017 to enhance reading abilities of minor primary school children.
RDRS Bangladesh organised the festivals under Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development Activity (READ) project with assistance of the USAID and Save the Children.
The festivals were arranged on the occasion of observance of the International Literacy Day- 2017, a press release said.
A total of 309 primary school students from class one to class three of 21 government primary schools participated in the festivals held at District Government Public Library in Nilphamari, Sramo Kallyan Public Library in Kishoreganj upazila and Samajkallyan Sangstha Library in Dimla upazila.
Each of the participating 309 students took part in three reading related games moderated by 21 assistant teachers and 81 winner students will be awarded.
Librarian of District Government Public Library Saiful Islam, Dimla Upazila Education Officer Rabiul Islam, Technical Officers of READ project Azharul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Jahurul Haque and Saidul Islam attended the festivals.
While addressing the occasions, Technical Officer Azharul Islam said the festivals were arranged to address the gap in early grade learning, especially literacy learning.
He stressed on enhancing reading skills of minor children for ensuring a strong foundation at the beginning of their school life to reduce repeating grades or dropouts at primary level.
Librarian Saiful Islam said the festivals would improve the children's reading skills at primary level schooling and increase their acquaintance with supplementary reading materials.