Bosnia and Herzegovina
There are many factors such as renaissance, steam engine etc. that made Europe center of world civilization and power but non more powerful and everlasting than discovery of Printing press. Books are collective memory of mankind and lack of reading always corresponds with lack of knowledge and understanding and therefore, rise of division and aggressiveness. Reading marathon is exciting and unique way to through competing, reintroduce reading to our future - children.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elementary school "Mesa Selimovic"
Idea of democracy is developed through ideas of enlightenment and gradual liberation of oppressive regimes ranging from absolute monarchy to rule of majority. All this enlightenment is based on knowledge and education. Reverse process is happening when fear and ignorance arises. Reading=Democracy!
At least 900 children would have gone through experience of preparation, competition for reading and understanding that reading has immediate and long term rewards. Furthermore it would set an example for other places in Europe and enable us to create Reading marathon 2019, with more participants...
There is no similar event here, there. Anywhere! All reading events involve reading TO children, recording voice or similar. This project is unique in content, enabling children in different age categories and from three countries to compete in something that environment is mostly discouraging them to do, or even encouraging to resent.
First and foremost I am a passionate reader. Also I am scientifically and religiously inclined, and tend to explain science and religion with reason and evidence. All rational and spiritual thought is based on reading. Also I am married and not looking forward to bring children to world of hatred.
Elementary school children in four age categories. Schools, parents and general public.
Was it explained enough considering 300 characters limitation? Does anyone know about similar event somewhere? New ideas for improvement are very welcome!