Reading Association of Russia (RAR)
President: Natalia Smetannikova: email@example.com
RAR was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization and the same year it was charted as a local council of IRA. In 2004 it got a status of an inter-regional Council of Russian Federation and in 2006 it was affiliated as a national Association of IRA. At present it unites 10 Local Councils from 6 out of 7 Federal Districts of Russia.
The members of RAR take READING and LITERACY as the questions of national priority and promote them in education and culture.
Our goals are:
- promote professional development of teachers and librarians in order to empower them to create competent readers
- encourage and maintain dialogue between educators, researchers , administration and others to build a nation of readers
RAR was among the initiators and creators of National Program for Reading Promotion and Development in Russia adopted in 2006.
RAR runs several national and international projects: “Schools Where Literacy Thrives”, “Reading from Print and from Screen”, “From the Day of Knowledge to Literacy Day”, and a publishing project “Homo Legens”.
In association with IDEC, RAR held an international conference “Reading and Literacy in Education and Culture” in 2009.