|Dates: October 17-19, 2016
Location: Hefei, China
Various Stone Soup Happy Reading Alliance member schools opened its doors for visitors on October 17-19, 2016 as part of the Open Day activities. This was to help the visitors understand how Alliance schools build its reading environment and reading culture, and how schools develop libraries into reading resource centers. Approximately 120 people participated in the Open Day, including Education Bureau staff, school principals, teachers and NGOs from across China.
During the two-day school visits, each school shared their reading philosophy and methodology during campus and library tours, reading promotion work introduction and reading class observation.
The final day was reserved for the Reading Forum, where the discussion revolved around the topic of “How to Embed Reading into School Culture”.
Extracting from their experience in running successful reading programs in Hefei, Hunan and Taiwan, local Education Bureaus, schools and NGOs shared their understanding on how reading is integrated into the education system and how they went about achieving this goal.
The Foundation also used this opportunity to launch and distribute its new publication “A Pictorial Guide: Creating an Attractive Reading Environment”. The Guide shares ideas on how to develop a reading culture based on the theory of free voluntary reading, and provide suggestions on ways to build a reading culture within schools.