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Room to Read Accelerator’s First Book Project Sweeps KidsTime Author Awards

December 16, 2016

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We’re proud to report that this fall three Room to Read Accelerator partners received six awards, including grand prize, at the Samsung KidsTime Author’s Awards. The award winners all participated in book publishing workshops through Room to Read’s first-ever Accelerator project in Indonesia.

The Singapore-based ceremony occurred at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) as part of a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Samsung Electronics.

In light of Room to Read’s growing thought leadership and evidence supporting programmatic approaches, we’ve received many requests from governments, non-profits and investors to share or implement all or parts of our successful model. In efforts to maximize our impact, we’ve established Room to Read Accelerator, a technical assistance arm set up to disseminate our knowledge in primary grade literacy and girls’ education to a wider audience.

The Accelerator model offers technical assistance and shares our resources and expertise with partner organizations through the provision of training materials, workshops, periodic support and monitoring. Through this combination we aim to maximize the quality of implementation and, in turn, replicate our work.

Room to Read Accelerator partnerships are currently underway in Indonesia and Grenada, as well as Tanzania, India and Nepal, where we also offer direct program implementation.

Six award-winning books

During the two-year publishing    project in Indonesia, Room to Read Accelerator trained Indonesian authors, illustrators and publishers in the organization’s time-tested methods for developing high-quality children's books. Out of the 15 titles the effort produced six received awards.

The grand prize winner, Lautkah Ini? (Is This the Sea?), tells the story of two animated raindrops and was illustrated with colorful batik designs. The author, Yayasan Literasi Anak, also won second place for Waktunya Cepuk Terbang (It’s Time for Cepuk to Fly).                                                                                                                                                                     

In addition, the author Litara won three second place prizes for Mantel Emas (The Golden Goat), Kue Ulang Tahun Widi (Widi’s Birthday Cake) and Ketika Gilang Ingin Seperti Kak Sita (Gilang Wants To Be Like His Big Sister). The sixth award went to Mizan for the illustrations in Datang Lagi Ya! (Come Again, Will You?), now on display in the AFCC’s Book Illustrator’s Gallery.

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