UNESCO Education UIL

READ Global Library Network, USA

Rural Education and Development (READ)

READ Global’s network of community library resource centers in Nepal, India and Bhutan provide information and training programs based on community needs (literacy, health, small business support, computer and financial literacy), access to IT, books and learning materials for children and a gathering place for community development programs. READ also promotes rural entrepreneurship and income generation through a unique model in which community lead private enterprise sustains each individual center and it’s information and training programs.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Adult literacy , Basic education, Citizenship education, Civil society, Community development, Economic and social development, Health, Income generating activities, Information and communication technologies, Librarianship, Literacy, Material development, Poverty alleviation

User Profile:

Local people

Contact Information

Address:

Rural Education and Development (READ) Global
PO Box 29286
San Francisco, CA 94129
USA

Phone:
(415) 563-3362
Fax:
(415) 561-6435
Contact person:
Tina Sciabica

Basic Institutional Data:

Parent Organisation:
READ Global
Director:
Tina Sciabica, Executive Director
Information staff:
470
Countries Served:
Nepal, India, Bhutan
Working Languages:
Bengali, Dzongkha, English, Hindi, Maithili, Nepali

Collection

Books and Documents:
150,000
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
500
Multimedia materials:
100
Others:
Educational games and toys, DVDs, CDs, sports equipment

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Reference services, dictionaries and encyclopedias

Publications Produced

Newsletters, bulletins and training guides

Special Activities

Digital storytelling

Other material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

READ libraries contain publications in the local languages of Nepal, Bhutan and India, printed by local publishing companies. They can be shared with others looking for specialized language publications.