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Mexico City, Mexico   |   Non profit

young boy uses QFD website to help him select a book matched with his reading level and interest

Project Name
Mundo de Libros (World of Books)

Location Implemented
Mexico City, Mexico

Organization Website
http://qfd.org.mx/

Organization Type
Non profit



Challenge
Due, in part, to a lack of appropriate reading resources and low parental involvement in children’s education, students in Mexico have not achieved basic levels of reading proficiency and lack agency in their reading decisions. Many primary school children in Mexico cannot read at grade level and the gap among children with lower reading skills increases as they grow older.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2012, revealed that approximately 41% of 15-year-old Mexican students performed below basic reading level and 15% showed serious difficulties understanding simple text. Research has proven that family involvement and access to level-appropriate reading materials are fundamental for the development of reading skills and good reading habits, especially for early grade readers. Unfortunately, the reading curriculum in most Latin American countries often follows a “one size fits all” approach and does not consider book-leveling strategies.

Solution
Based in community libraries, this project gives early grade readers access to books in Spanish, classified by topic and difficulty level, according to their individual reading skills and interests. In addition, workshops are conducted to promote parental involvement and guide parents on how to best support their child’s reading process and detect possible reading difficulties.

Project Reach
Approximately 500 children through eight community libraries with the potential for expansion to schools in any Spanish-speaking country

Collaborators/Partners
Fundación Proacceso ECO A.C.
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