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Finalists for the 2018 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature AnnouncedMar 26, 2018CODE and NGC Bocas Lit Fest are proud to announce the finalists for the 5th Annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. Finalists to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the......read full article...
Announcing the partnership between the NRC and CODEMar 19, 2018CODE and the National Reading Campaign (NRC) is pleased to announce that the NRC is the new adjudication partner for CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature program. ...read full article...
Reading Kenya Research BriefMar 13, 2018Reading Kenya is a comprehensive literacy program centered on principles of gender equality, active learning, active teaching and encouraging the use of mother tongue language in the classroom. ...read full article...
Girls Accelerated Learning InitiativeFeb 26, 2018With increased skills and knowledge comes greater self-esteem, self-reliance and motivation to take charge of their own learning. Almost all Liberian students (82% in primary school) are too old for their grade level. The reasons for this are multiple – ...read full article...
The Legacy of a Visionary PhilanthropistJan 31, 2018On October 16, 2017, CODE lost a dear friend. Mr. William (Bill) Burt, the visionary behind the literary award, which bears his name, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. ...read full article...
CODE Announces the Winner of the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature All-StarsSep 29, 2017CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony for......read full article...
Shortlist for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 24, 2017CODE is proud to announce the shortlist for its 5th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Lit. ...read full article...
Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania......read full article...
Celebrating Nelson MandelaJul 18, 2017On July 18th every year, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day. Mr. Mandela, like CODE, believed in education as a way of accessing a better future for all. ...read full article...
Canadian Literacy NGO “CODE” Selected to Help Transform National Primary Education Across Sierra LeoneJun 15, 2017Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, with funding through the World Bank, mandated CODE to assume an immense challenge in support of the nationwide Revitalizing Education Development in Sierra Leone (REDiSL) to train over 30% of......read full article...
CODE Chosen to Help Transform Primary Education in Sierra LeoneJun 15, 2017Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, with funding through the World Bank, mandated CODE to assume an immense challenge in support of the nationwide Revitalizing Education Development in Sierra Leone (REDiSL) to train over 30% of......read full article...
Winners of CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedApr 27, 2017CODE has announced the winners of its fourth annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. Winning titles to be donated to schools, libraries, and community organizations across......read full article...
CODE’s Winning Partnerships in Children’s Book PublishingApr 20, 2017CODE is incredibly proud to share that publishing house, Editions Ganndal – founded by Aliou Sow, CODE's Chef de projet on PAGE Mali, was named the winner of the grand prize of the best African publisher of youth books of the year at the International......read full article...
Seeing Is Believing Ghana – 2017 EditionApr 19, 2017On February 15, CODE welcomed twelve of its thoughtful donors to Ghana to spend ten days touring the country and provide participants the opportunity to witness the impact of their support first hand by visiting program schools as well as spend time with......read full article...
CODE Ethiopia Community LibrariesApr 19, 2017Karen Sharkey, CODE's Program Manager recently returned from a visit to eight community libraries in the Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia with our country partner CODE Ethiopia. ...read full article...

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The Legacy of a Visionary PhilanthropistJan 31, 2018On October 16, 2017, CODE lost a dear friend. Mr. William (Bill) Burt, the visionary behind the literary award, which bears his name, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. ...read full article...
CODE Announces the Winner of the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature All-StarsSep 29, 2017CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony for......read full article...
Shortlist for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 24, 2017CODE is proud to announce the shortlist for its 5th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Lit. ...read full article...
Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania......read full article...
CODE’s Winning Partnerships in Children’s Book PublishingApr 20, 2017CODE is incredibly proud to share that publishing house, Editions Ganndal – founded by Aliou Sow, CODE's Chef de projet on PAGE Mali, was named the winner of the grand prize of the best African publisher of youth books of the year at the International......read full article...
CODE Ethiopia Community LibrariesApr 19, 2017Karen Sharkey, CODE's Program Manager recently returned from a visit to eight community libraries in the Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia with our country partner CODE Ethiopia. ...read full article...
Oh What a Night!Mar 31, 2017The 2017 CODE Read Africa Ball (RAB), held March 9th at Toronto’s hip 2nd Floor Events, was a great way to beat the winter blues and drum up support for CODE’s Reading Sierra Leone literacy initiative. Over a hundred-people attended the soirée jointly......read full article...
All Hands on Deck!Mar 21, 2017CODE and its partner in Sierra Leone, PEN-Sierra Leone, were thrilled to get a helping hand with their programming from the crews of two visiting Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On Monday, March 20th, sailors from the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Moncton......read full article...
Happy International Women’s Day! Meet Watchen Johnson BabalolaMar 08, 2017On this special day dedicated to honouring the women in our world, CODE proudly acknowledges the inspirational women with whom we have the privilege of working every day, all the year through. ...read full article...
Burt Award Winning Writer Augie Merasty Passes Away at 87Feb 28, 2017CODE is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph (Augie) Merasty, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir – recipient of last year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. ...read full article...
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
Choir! Choir! Choir! Sings CODE’s PraisesDec 21, 2016CODE is honoured to have recently been selected as a charity of choice by popular singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!. Newlyweds Mandy and Bryan are long-time members of the Toronto-based group and were recently asked by the choir's co-founders to select......read full article...
From Shipping to Creating and Sharing BooksDec 13, 2016For nearly 30 years, CODE and the International Book Bank (IBB) have worked together to get high-quality North American reading materials into the hands of teachers, librarians and young people in low-income countries. ...read full article...
2016 International Assistance ReviewDec 06, 2016Today, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) released their “What We Heard” report on the 2016 International Assistance Review Consultations. Highlighted on the issues of education and skills development, participants suggested that GAC should: ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...

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Finalists for the 2018 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature AnnouncedMar 26, 2018CODE and NGC Bocas Lit Fest are proud to announce the finalists for the 5th Annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. Finalists to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the......read full article...
Announcing the partnership between the NRC and CODEMar 19, 2018CODE and the National Reading Campaign (NRC) is pleased to announce that the NRC is the new adjudication partner for CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature program. ...read full article...
CODE Announces the Winner of the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature All-StarsSep 29, 2017CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony for......read full article...
Shortlist for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 24, 2017CODE is proud to announce the shortlist for its 5th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Lit. ...read full article...
Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania......read full article...
Canadian Literacy NGO “CODE” Selected to Help Transform National Primary Education Across Sierra LeoneJun 15, 2017Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, with funding through the World Bank, mandated CODE to assume an immense challenge in support of the nationwide Revitalizing Education Development in Sierra Leone (REDiSL) to train over 30% of......read full article...
Winners of CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedApr 27, 2017CODE has announced the winners of its fourth annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. Winning titles to be donated to schools, libraries, and community organizations across......read full article...
CODE Announces New Burt Award for African Young Adult LiteratureMar 27, 2017CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past......read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 22, 2017Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. Winning titles to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the Caribbean. ...read full article...
CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature Winners AnnouncedOct 13, 2016At a morning ceremony held at First Nations University of Canada in Regina and hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and CTV’s Nelson Bird, CODE proudly announced the winners of its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 13, 2016A literary award and literacy initiative like no other. CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Asanko Gold partners with leading Canadian NGOSep 08, 2016CODE is pleased to announce a new, six-year partnership with Asanko Gold which will extend CODE’s world class Reading Ghana literacy and education program to include the Ashanti Region of the country. ...read full article...
Debut novelist Tamika Gibson wins CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean LiteratureMay 02, 2016CODE announced the winners of its third annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors, at the 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain ...read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 11, 2016CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its third annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. ...read full article...
Canadian Government Invests in $18M Pilot Project to Transform the Future of Education in MozambiqueFeb 12, 2016CODE is partnering with the award-winning literacy organization Associação Progresso and Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development to implement the 7 year program. ...read full article...

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Meet CODE Burt Award volunteer, Shelagh RogersApr 16, 2018Everyone at CODE deeply appreciates Shelagh's commitment to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis writers creating culturally-relevant stories for all Canadians to read, learn and enjoy. ...read full article...
Meet CODE Volunteer and Popular Métis Writer, Jacqueline GuestApr 16, 2018CODE is honoured and grateful to be able to call popular Métis writer, Jacqueline Guest one of our long-time expert volunteers....read full article...
Do you value the small things in life?Feb 07, 2018It was then that I really appreciated how something as simple as a pencil has the power to change a child’s day, and ultimately their future. ...read full article...
Books have always opened a world of magic for meJan 17, 2018As a young child, my heart was drawn to the spark of curiosity and wonder that stories have to offer. I read everything I could get my little hands on – Anne of Green Gables, The Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew, and others. But my favourite was always......read full article...
Lawyer organizes Mount Kilimanjaro climb for literacyJan 05, 2018Very few people ever get to summit a mountain. Even fewer have the opportunity to do so multiple times. This summer, Chris Bredt intends to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro for the fourth time — and to do so while raising money for charity. ...read full article...
Chatting with Reading Ghana Teacher Training ParticipantsNov 27, 2017Here I am in Kumasi Ghana with a dozen primary and middle school teachers and their trainers. We are here as part of Reading Ghana, an Asanko Gold and CODE co-funded project implemented by CODE together with the Ghana Book Trust in support of literacy in......read full article...
How has the gift of books changed your life?Nov 21, 2017It never ceases to amaze me how much Canadians believe in the promise of education. You know it has the power to change lives forever. ...read full article...
Fish Bowl!Aug 08, 2017One of the highlights from Revitalising Education Development in Sierra Leone (REDiSL) happens when a dozen children come to learn with us. The children aren’t the only ones learning. We all are! ...read full article...
CODE featured in Diplomat & International Canada magazineJul 05, 2017Notes from the field: Literacy thanks to CODE. CODE is featured in the Summer 2017 issue of the Diplomat & International Canada magazine. ...read full article...
Read to Me MamaMay 08, 2017“Reading is life. It brings me closer to the children in guiding them to work confidently in pursuing education - the key to peace and happiness.” Meet Memunatu Sumah - an early grade school teacher at St. Leonard’s Primary School in Marut village, Rokel......read full article...
What do you want your legacy to be?May 02, 2017May is LEAVE A LEGACY™ month, I encourage you to think about what you want your legacy to be. “I want my legacy to inspire future generations to achieve their highest potential and through CODE I know that will be possible.” -Gwynneth Evans ...read full article...
MalalamaniaApr 24, 2017by Scott Walter, CODE Executive Director — I had the pleasure of attending the parliamentary address of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as she received her honorary Canadian citizenship on April 12. ...read full article...
Meet Rick Wilks - CODE Expert VolunteerApr 06, 2017At CODE we are so fortunate to work with some incredible volunteers. One of these amazing people is Rick Wilks. Rick transformed Canada’s literary landscape in 1976 when he co-founded Annick Press Ltd – one of the most cutting edge and innovative......read full article...
All Hands on DeckMar 17, 2017Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cameron and Royal Canadian Navy “Shore up” Support for CODE’s Literacy Programming in Sierra Leone...read full article...
CODE Exchanges Ideas on Education at International CIES ConferenceMar 13, 2017CODE’s Director of International Programs, Hila Olyan, and Firas Elfarr, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, participated in ...read full article...

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CODE Announces the Winner of the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature All-StarsSep 29, 2017CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony for......read full article...
Shortlist for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 24, 2017CODE is proud to announce the shortlist for its 5th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Lit. ...read full article...
Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania......read full article...
Celebrating Nelson MandelaJul 18, 2017On July 18th every year, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day. Mr. Mandela, like CODE, believed in education as a way of accessing a better future for all. ...read full article...
Seeing Is Believing Ghana – 2017 EditionApr 19, 2017On February 15, CODE welcomed twelve of its thoughtful donors to Ghana to spend ten days touring the country and provide participants the opportunity to witness the impact of their support first hand by visiting program schools as well as spend time with......read full article...
Oh What a Night!Mar 31, 2017The 2017 CODE Read Africa Ball (RAB), held March 9th at Toronto’s hip 2nd Floor Events, was a great way to beat the winter blues and drum up support for CODE’s Reading Sierra Leone literacy initiative. Over a hundred-people attended the soirée jointly......read full article...
All Hands on Deck!Mar 21, 2017CODE and its partner in Sierra Leone, PEN-Sierra Leone, were thrilled to get a helping hand with their programming from the crews of two visiting Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On Monday, March 20th, sailors from the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Moncton......read full article...
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
Choir! Choir! Choir! Sings CODE’s PraisesDec 21, 2016CODE is honoured to have recently been selected as a charity of choice by popular singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!. Newlyweds Mandy and Bryan are long-time members of the Toronto-based group and were recently asked by the choir's co-founders to select......read full article...
2016 International Assistance ReviewDec 06, 2016Today, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) released their “What We Heard” report on the 2016 International Assistance Review Consultations. Highlighted on the issues of education and skills development, participants suggested that GAC should: ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...
2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature CeremonyOct 24, 2016Truth, Reconciliation and Hope powerful themes at this year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. The sun-filled, glass atrium of the Veteran’s Memorial Tipi at the First Nations University of Canada Regina campus provided a......read full article...
Launch of World Class Literacy and Education Program in GhanaOct 21, 2016Asanko Gold and CODE’s partner in Ghana, the Ghana Book Trust, launch world class literacy and education program to the Ashanti Region of Ghana....read full article...
CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature Winners AnnouncedOct 13, 2016At a morning ceremony held at First Nations University of Canada in Regina and hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and CTV’s Nelson Bird, CODE proudly announced the winners of its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Canadian launch of GEM ReportOct 07, 2016CODE is honoured to have been invited by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Global Affairs Canada to co-host the Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report on Friday, Oct 28 at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. ...read full article...

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