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Rana Dajani

Rana Dajani is Founder of Taghyeer/We Love Reading (WLR), a non-profit organization based in Jordan. She is also a Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Hashemite University in Jordan, a Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, and Eisenhower fellow, and a Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. She specialises in the research area of refugee youth and the epigenetics of trauma across generations, and is a world expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan.

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Taghyeer Organization/ We Love Reading Program is an innovative model that provides a practical, cost-efficient, sustainable, grassroots approach empowering communities from low and mid-income communities around the world to create changemakers through reading. WLR supports the activism of local volunteers to increase reading levels among children 2-10 by focusing on the read-aloud experience to instil the love of reading for pleasure among children to become lifelong learners.

We aim to create system change. We create changemakers by recruiting and training adults and youth from local communities to provide read-aloud sessions for local children in safe, public spaces. Each year, WLR volunteers read to tens of thousands of children in public parks, community centers, mosques and other faith-based settings, nurseries, refugee camps, and other locales. We serve diverse populations and communities irrespective of gender, religion, social status, disability, literacy level, educational experience, etc. The training is either implemented in face-to-face settings or via our online platform to allow reaching wider audience of people wanting to volunteer and become reading ambassadors.


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