The British Council, in partnership with the Bangladesh Shishu Academy, initiated a new nationwide reader development programme titled ‘Story Time’ for the primary and secondary school level students in Bangladesh. For the year 2016, the programme is bearing the tagline ‘Porte Porte Boro Hoi’. Children from all over the country can participate in the programme through the 64 district libraries of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy. This programme aims to reach over 20,000 students from all over Bangladesh.
The main objective of ‘Story Time’ programme is to develop students’ reading habits both in English and Bangla. There will be two different sets of books for primary and secondary level children. Everyone needs to read minimum six books from the collection. The participants will receive a logbook and a poster to record their learning. Participants from primary section will get a certificate and prize after completing 6 books and submitting their logbook. Participants from secondary section will sit for an assessment test after reading all the books. Three best readers from each group and each district will be selected in the first round. A best reader from each group from the district level will compete for the national award. The registration period for the first round competition will end by November 2016.