STAFF REPORT ISB: A two-year mobile bus library programme has been launched in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in order to promote reading habits among school children.

The launching ceremony was held at a government secondary school by Donald Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID and President International Rescue Committee (IRC), David Miliband.

The initiative is part of USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project and aims to bring age-appropriate reading materials to communities which do not have established libraries in order to help reintroduce and re-establish a national culture of reading in Pakistan.

“The Mobile Library Programme is just one element of the USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project which will help Pakistani children to start their own journeys in the world of books,” said Larry Sampler.

In his remarks, David Miliband said that the USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project being implemented by IRC is helping to improve reading skills of children across Pakistan. The mobile bus library is another step towards promoting a reading culture in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Reading Project implemented by the International Rescue Committee, will run a mobile bus library programme in ICT over the next two years and will bring reading materials directly to communities and help re-establish reading habits.

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