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Cooperative for Education wins
$20,000 Literacy Grant from
Better World Books

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Cincinnati, OH) 07.01.2010 – Cooperative for Education (CoEd), a local nonprofit organization, won Better World Book’s prestigious, $20,000 Literacy Grant. Awarded bi-annually, the prize recognizes the outstanding efforts of international nonprofit organizations committed to promoting literacy in disadvantaged communities across the globe. CoEd, through its Culture of Reading Program (CORP), improves the quality of education in rural Guatemala and increases literacy for indigenous Mayan children. 

Better World Books, a for-profit, social enterprise that collects and sells books online, chose CoEd unanimously from a pool of more than 50 international organizations to receive the award, including Invisible Children, READ International, and Books for Africa. CEO David Murphy remarked, “There have been so many highly-qualified applicants for the Grant. We’re pleased that our committee could select such a strong program in CoEd for the $20,000.” The funds will help CoEd expand CORP to an additional 16 schools in Guatemala’s impoverished Western Highlands region, serving more than two thousand indigenous children. 

“In Guatemala, illiteracy is a widespread problem,” said Ann Dempsey, Development Manager for CoEd. Children in rural areas typically read three years below grade level. Poorly-trained teachers fail to engage students in active learning. Boredom contributes to high-drop out rates: three out of four indigenous young people who begin first grade will leave school before reaching the sixth grade. 

Through CORP, Cooperative for Education delivers vital and sustainable resources – like books and training – to teachers in impoverished communities. Better trained teachers help transform their students into more active learners who achieve more in school, continue their education, and overcome the challenges and struggles exacerbated by low literacy.

Dempsey adds, “Better World Books is giving thousands of Mayan children a chance to reverse the trend of chronic illiteracy. Now their teachers will have the ability to teach more effectively, and the students will have both the books and the opportunity to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.” 

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About Cooperative for Education
Cooperative for Education (CoEd) is a Cincinnati, OH, and Guatemala City-based 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1996. By promoting traditional and technological literacy, CoEd’s sustainable programs help Guatemala’s vulnerable children gain vital skills and break the cycle of poverty.

The organization serves more than 100,000 Mayan youth with Textbook Programs, Computer Centers, Mini-Libraries, and / or primary school reading programs.

Contact: Holly End, Development Director
Cooperative for Education
2730 Hyde Park Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Ph: (513)731-2595 x 104
Cell: (513) 505-5810
Fax: (513) 731-2335 
e-mail:holly@coeduc.org

www.coeduc.org