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Weʼre raising £500 to Pass The Book! A project to create small mobile libraries for children in rural Serbia where books are still a luxury.

Tometino Polje, Serbia

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Building Lives Full of Wonder!

The importance and value of reading is widely acknowledged yet books are a rare luxury in many Serbian children’s homes, especially in rural communities. Prosledi Knjigu (Pass The Book!) aims to give these children access to books that will fire their imagination, inspire confidence and encourage ambition as well as igniting a lifelong love of reading.

The first action for Prosledi Knjigu! is a project to create a library in Tometino Polje, W.Serbia for children aged 7-11. This will not be a physical building, but rather a Box of Wonderful Books that have been donated by the public.

All the books donated should be outside the school curriculum but could be fiction or non-fiction, including novels, biographies, adventure stories, picture books, history, poetry, science, art/craft etc. They must also be age appropriate.

As we are targeting children with poor reading skills the focus is on books with pictures, which are short and easy to read. Books must be in the Serbian language but in either Cyrillic or Latin alphabets.

Individual donations to the library are a key aspect of the project, with each book containing a personal message from the donor briefly explaining what reading has meant to to donor and who they are. These personal messages of encouragement from strangers, who may be doctors, lawyers, chefs, musicians, teachers, politicians etc, will be inspiring for the children.

Long term goal: We plan to create additional core libraries in other schools in the Pozega region, followed by the Valjevo region.

Each library box will move to a new school each year, ensuring that the books are widely shared and that the children have a continual supply of new material.

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  • Melissa Djukic3 months ago
    Melissa Djukic

    Melissa Djukic

    3 months ago

    Dear supporters, we are now through the trial phase and the boxes have been circulated to new schools. All the participating schools were supplied with 'participation diplomas' for the children and a winning diarist from each school was decided. These winners all had a wonderful day out in Belgrade (pics on our FB page). We are now moving ahead with (up to) 6 more rural schools in Pozega, as well as trying to recruit volunteers to implement the scheme in other regions. Let us know if you have any suggestions/contacts pls. Thank you all!

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  • Melissa Djukic5 months ago
    Melissa Djukic

    Melissa Djukic

    5 months ago

    We are 2 months into the trial and it's all good news :) Reports from the teachers in all six schools are very encouraging. With only a few exceptions, the children are actively reading and recommending books to each other. The activity rate is high and in fact we are considering changing the boxes around early! The teachers are optimistic too and find that the logging system works easily. I'm thrilled to say that one teacher, in Visibaba ('snowdrop') village says that she's noticed the children's vocabulary improving already.

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  • Melissa Djukic6 months ago
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    Melissa Djukic

    6 months ago

    Hello everyone. As you’ve probably seen from the Facebook page we had a fantastic launch at 6 schools despite heavy snow. If you’ve not visited the page, please do - some of the videos will warm your heart! (Www.facebook.com/proslediknjigu). Also, we’ve had some stonking coverage which is a great motivator for all concerned - parents, teachers, kids, team and hopefully, future donors too 😉 School was due to start tomorrow but has been delayed a week due to the flu outbreak. I’ll post a new report after speaking to all the teachers soon.

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Page last updated on: 5/16/2019 09.07

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  • Melanija

    Melanija

    May 16, 2019

    Sending you all love and support from London xxx

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 17, 2019

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 16, 2019

    Thrilled by your update, Melissa; so pleased it's going so well. Congratulations - A & M

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 14, 2019

    Good work Melissa! I miss living in BG!John

    £20.00

  • Rachel Postlethwaite

    Rachel Postlethwaite

    Mar 14, 2019

    What a fabulous project! Love following your lives in Serbia. One day we will knock on your door! xx

    £30.00

  • Jane Campion

    Jane Campion

    Mar 14, 2019

    Go girl!

  • Rebecca Scott

    Rebecca Scott

    Nov 29, 2018

    Looks Amazing , Mel , meant to do this earlier.lots of love Beckxx

    £50.00

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Melissa Djukic

Melissa Djukic

Tometino Polje, Serbia

I've moved to the beautiful mountains of W.Serbia and become an organic farmer, wine-maker, weaver and dog-owner. Loving life!

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