Painting a mural about why literacy and reading are important
The recent literacy festival (Saturday, April 14th) organized by BiblioWorks was a huge success for BiblioWorks and for the city of Sucre. We set out to organize the first festival of its kind, a day to celebrate culture and a day to celebrate literacy and reading. The feat of putting on such a festival tested our strength as a team. Everyone including our team of three paid staff, one Bolivian volunteer, two Bolivian university interns and nine foreign volunteers worked around the clock, including many weekend and extra hours, to get everything ready for the big day. It proved to us that we have the organizational strength to collaborate with government officials, be spotlighted on local television and radio stations, design and print a lot of publicity materials, work with the city superintendent of education to ensure the participation of 35 schools in her district, coordinate and meet with non-profit organizations to participate in the festival and much more hard work and dedication that made the day such a huge success.
Some of the highlights of the literacy festival were:
- The participation of over 700 elementary, middle and high school students. We got those kids loving to read!!
- Activities for adults which showed us that there is a large demand for literacy and reading improvement
- Expositions including games, information and other activities by 15 local non-profit organizations
- Coverage of the festival by all major television and radio stations and the city’s major newspaper
- Corporate sponsorship of the festival by 18 local businesses
- The participation of the Sucre Municipal marching band and traditional Bolivian dances
We leave you with some photos of the big day. We are extremely happy that this event was so welcomed by the city of Sucre and was a huge success for BiblioWorks. Thanks to all of your help and support, we will continue to support literacy projects in Bolivia and continue to grow as an organization.
The calm before the storm, early morning, April 14th
The winning organization’s exposition
The marching band gets things going for the festival
Playing a reading game!
The cultural director of the city of Sucre kicks off the festival with some words of encouragement
This is what the festival was all about!