The Dandelion Village Library Program

It was recently estimated that roughly 8 million rural children in China have no access to reading materials other than text books. Reading is cornerstone of education, but poverty has put these children at a significant disadvantage. Lack of quality and developmentally appropriate reading materials negatively impacts their academic performance and their motivation to learn. In the long run, it limits their opportunity to fair education and their chances of taking part in the society on an equal footing with others. Majority of rural children never go to high school, they become teenage farmers and migrant workers.

The Dandelion Village Library Program is a low-cost, sustainable and scalable model that follows four principle guidelines: select high quality and developmentally appropriate reading materials, engage students in reading with enrichment activities using library materials, provide ongoing teacher support to integrate library materials into reading instruction, and integrate technologies to foster an online community in rural China.


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