How we workCollaborating to strengthen family relationships and build literacy through reading.
Children and their parents will gather in a sheltered reading space. Those who are present are greeted and reminded of the importance and benefits of education and literacy.
After singing some traditional songs together to warm everyone up, Trang, our Project Coordinator, will read two books aloud to the group of children and their families. Parents are encouraged to participate by listening along with their children where possible. Fun comprehension questions are asked at the end of each story to get the kids thinking and working together.
Then the library opens! Children get to choose their own book to enjoy for a week, developing a love of reading and close bonds with their parents. A week later, the motorbike returns with a whole new set of games to play and books to choose from.
The majority of the children actually have pretty good English skills, but the majority of their parents are illiterate. This shows that we really need to focus on reading as a family and community activity so that parents and children can bond over something they’ve never enjoyed together before.Isabell Evans, Project Manager
We have partnered with a well-established local charity in Hue, Hearts for Hue. Director Mr Khanh, Project Manager Isabell Evans, Project Coordinator Tran Trang and other local volunteers carry out the crucial work of interviewing families, maintaining relationships with local government, translating English books into Vietnamese, and carrying out the Book Club sessions.
Without the support of families in Thuy Phu and Dap Goc, Motorbike Book Club wouldn’t exist. As well getting permission from local government to work in these villages, we approached village leaders with the support of Hearts of Hue staff to explain the project goals and expected outcomes. Once community members agreed that they wanted to participate, we asked them questions about their family, their level of education, how they rate their reading ability, how often they read, how often they read to their children, if they have difficulties accessing books, general hopes for their village and how they think increasing levels of literacy could help.
A key aim of the project is help strengthen relationships between parents and children through reading. At the beginning of every Book Club session, parents and children who are present are greeted and reminded of the importance and benefits of education and literacy. Books chosen beforehand by Tran are read aloud to the group, and parents are encouraged to participate by listening along with their children where possible.