The British Council organised the award giving ceremony of Summer Reading Challenge on 30 April 2016 at the Dhaka University campus office. The British Council Library team and Reading Agency UK jointly organised the Summer Reading Challenge which was open to all school children and was designed for all reading abilities.
A number of 300 students aged 5-15 year took part in this year’s challenge. The aim of the challenge was to get children to read six books from their library. This year's reading theme was called Record Breakers which is about the amazing records of the world. This theme not only helped young readers to discover the fun behind the record’s world but also developed a joy of reading and nurturing a life-long love affair with books. Participants also got plenty of time to enjoy reading those books.
The programme was simple but effective in encouraging children to read books. Every child who signed up to take part in the reading challenge received a colourful sticker and a log book to record the titles of the books they read and their opinions about the books. Children were entitled to a free storytelling session which was very much attractive to them.
All the parents of the children who took part were present at the award giving ceremony to enjoy their child’s achievement. Each child was awarded a medal and a certificate for reading six books. The Summer Reading Challenge was a wonderful initiative to get children to develop good reading habits.