IREAD Institute for Rural Education And Development

14, 7750 Ranchview Drive NW Calgary AB T3G 1Y9

Imagine your child starting elementary school never having seen a book. Studies show this puts children at a significant disadvantage during the most formative years of their lives.

IREAD gives these most vulnerable children the chance to grow and develop through play and activity-based learning and an early start at building a brighter future. For more than a decade, IREAD has partnered with local community leaders and NGOs in rural Uganda and Northern Pakistan to unlock the potential of children aged 3 to 6 most impacted by poverty. IREAD builds early childhood development (ECD) centres, develops curriculum and trains teachers, and supports the community to operate and manage their ECD centre. By the end of 2021, IREAD will have built 29 ECD centres (16 in Uganda and 13 in Northern Pakistan), and donations have been secured to build a further 2 centres. About 3,000 children receive early learning through IREAD each year.

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