Not sure what kidsREAD is about? Here are some background information such as kidsREAD’s objectives, programme structure, our target beneficiaries and even a video on our past kidsREAD events!
The National kidsREAD programme (kidsREAD in short) is a nationwide reading programme officially launched on 23 April 2004 by then Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. kidsREAD is a collaborative effort by the National Library Board (NLB) together with the People’s Association (PA) and five self-help groups to promote the love of reading and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans, specifically children from low-income families. The target audience of kidsREAD is children between the ages of 4 and 8, regardless of race or religion.
OBJECTIVES OF kidsREAD
- To leverage on the strengths of various partners to create a reading programme for children between the ages of 4 and 8 in Singapore.
- To promote the love of reading and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans, in particular, children from low-income families.
- To provide an avenue for children from various races to interact from an early age.
- To help enhance the quality of life of the children and their families.
kidsREAD is dependent on volunteers who either take on the role of coordinator or a reader. Volunteer coordinators help oversee the running of the programme and are the contact point between fellow volunteer readers and kidsREAD Secretariat. Volunteer readers carry out the programme in the respective reading clubs.
Each club can take in a maximum of 30 children with 6-8 volunteers conducting a session. Each session is conducted once a week for an hour. Volunteers take turns amongst themselves to lead a session each week.
kidsREAD is open to children between the ages of 4 and 8 regardless of race, language or religion with the target group of children from less well-to-do families i.e. children from families with gross monthly household income not exceeding $6,000 or per capita income not exceeding $1500.
Volunteers are the lifeline of kidsREAD. They read aloud stories to children to inculcate good reading habits from young and help them discover the joy of reading. Training in basic storytelling skills and planning for a reading session as well as guidebooks to aid the volunteers in their role are provided. The Volunteer Resource Guide provides suggestions on how each session can be carried out.
The main aim for volunteers is to get the children interested in books and to make reading a fun and enjoyable experience for the children.
Volunteers can choose to volunteer at any of the reading clubs that have been set up island wide. The schedule is dependent on the reading club the volunteer would like to be attached to. Some reading clubs run on weekdays and some on weekends.