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Books can transport us to amazing places. But reading can help children shape their own future.

That's why we're setting up reading clubs in Rwanda, and making sure children like Epaphrodite have access to the books and support they need to learn.

Since attending our First Read sessions, Epaphrodite's parents have realised the importance of encouraging his learning more at home.

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“I had never thought of reading to my child before, not even once,” says his mum Alphonsine. “I never thought that I had any part to play in that apart from sending him to school.”

Now, thanks to their support, Epaphrodite has started primary school and continues to practice what he’s learnt at home. His parents are very proud of the progress he has made.

“We’ve seen a great change thanks to books like this. He is smarter than the average child his age and he is sharper. He has many words to express himself.”

As well as supporting parents and teachers to encourage reading, we're also making more books available by training writers, illustrators and publishers to create new local-language titles.

So far, 400,000 children in Rwanda are reading more - and better - books, but every child should have the chance to shape their own future. That's why our aim is to make sure every child in Rwanda leaves school able to read.

Photos: Martin Kharumwa/Save the Children

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At Save the Children, we believe that every child has equal rights.

We have a duty and a responsibility to defend all children everywhere against discrimination. That's why we committed to publishing regular updates on the anti-racism commitments we made in June.

In the first instalment, our Executive Leadership Team shares our progress: