On January 18th, the Read-A-Thon will be officially launched, in French, and will be addressed to Canadian pupils. With the objective to promote the pleasure of reading, the project will also be placed under the sign of solidarity. With each page read, funds will be collected in order to facilitate the access to education to children of Burkina Faso. The Read-A-Thon will be held until the end of the school year.

The Read-A-Thon is meant to be both fun and civic-minded! Pupils will have indeed one goal: read in French comics previously selected by teachers, and accessible on a numeric platform. A free amount of money, fixed by page, could be decided by the student’s family. The total sum will be then given to the UNICEF program “For a Safe School”, which will make education more accessible for Burkina Faso children.

As part of the French course, pedagogical sheets will be available for teachers and pupils. These latter were conceived by immersion professional and French as a second language. The aim is to support French teaching in order to reinforce the ability and the pleasure of reading.

The participation and the different pedagogic resources will be entirely free.

Registrations will start from January 14th and until the end of the scholar year. Modalities and schedule will be directly conceived by schools, classes and learning groups, granting a certain flexibility in the process.

The Read-A-Thon is a joint initiative from French Embassy in Canada, the Canadian Association of immersion professionals (CAIP), the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) in connection with UNICEF Canada.

Stay tuned to find more information soon!