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Ghanaian writers urged to make their contents available onlineDec 15, 2015The Executive Director, Ghana Book Trust (GBT) Mrs Genevieve Eba-Polley, has urged Ghanaian writers to make their content available online for children to access. ...read full article...
Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley win 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit literatureOct 22, 2015Indigenous authors celebrated before Vancouver audience comprised of hundreds of young people, educators and community leaders. Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley have won the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. ...read full article...
Papillote Press to publish Burt Award winner: Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulayOct 13, 2015Papillote Press, the Bocas Lit Fest and CODE are delighted to announce the forthcoming pub...read full article...
UNESCO International Literacy Prize Winners 2015Sep 08, 2015The theme of the 2015 UNESCO International Literacy prizes is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. There are two...read full article...
Rewriting the Story for Literacy in West AfricaSep 03, 2015When the Ebola crisis hit West Africa, Michael Weah, the Executive Director of CODE’s Liberian partner the WE-CARE Foundation, didn’t ask for surgical masks or a medical outpost. He asked for books. ...read full article...
Back to School in Sierra LeoneSep 02, 20151.8 million children are returning to school in Sierra Leone. For nine months they stayed home in an effort to control the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which claimed more than 3,950 lives in the country. ...read full article...
“Meet under the shady tree!”Sep 01, 2015It all happened organically. We learned from a partner in Tanzania that girls were getting together before and after school for informal reading clubs. Older girls would help younger students with their reading, and all the girls would share ideas and......read full article...
Libraries: essential for free thoughtAug 31, 2015One family adopts a library in Ethiopia in memory of mom. There is only one thing more delightful than sharing a book with a child: sharing a whole library! ...read full article...
Passion for education inspires team to scale KilimanjaroAug 28, 2015CODE’s 2014 Summit for Literacy a success! Congratulations to our 14 Kili Conquerers, whose nine-day trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro left them with incredible stories and memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives. ...read full article...
CODE Remembers Long-time Friend Flora MacDonald Jul 27, 2015It’s with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of the Honourable Flora MacDonald....read full article...
CODE Looking for a Programme Manager for MozambiqueJun 26, 2015CODE is looking for a highly motivated individual to join the international programme team in the implementation of CODE’s programming in Mozambique.  CODE is beginning an exciting 7 year programme in Mozambique titled Better Education through Teacher......read full article...
CODE Expresses Commitment to the TRC Calls to ActionJun 04, 2015In the wake of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, CODE wishes to express its commitment to following the Calls to Action made by the Commission. ...read full article...
Guyanese Author Imam Baksh Wins CODE’s 2015 “Burt Award for Caribbean Literature” First PrizeMay 01, 2015The second year of winners of a unique literary award that provides thousands of youth across the Caribbean region each year with access to exciting new titles were announced on May 1st....read full article...
Long-time CODE Expert Volunteer Receives Award for Cross-Cultural EngagementApr 15, 2015CODE expert-volunteer E. Wendy Saul received the University of Missouri President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement on April 9. A long-time CODE volunteer, Dr....read full article...
International Women's Day 2015Mar 08, 2015On International Women’s Day and all throughout the year, CODE works to inspire and empower the women of tomorrow in some of the world’s regions in greatest need. ...read full article...

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7,500 culturally-relevant books distributed to Aboriginal youth through CODE's Burt AwardJan 14, 2014Thanks to CODE's Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, 7,500 copies of three books written by Aboriginal authors have been made available for free to Aboriginal youth across Canada....read full article...
Burt Award featured in OWL MagazineJan 03, 2014OWL Magazine featured an article on CODE and the Burt Award for African Literature - Ethiopia in their Jan/Feb 2014 issue....read full article...
Children's Room in Liberian Library Named After CODE Friend David KloosterDec 16, 2013The newly-established children's room of a Liberian library was named after a late CODE volunteer and friend....read full article...
"It's In Our Hands Now" - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918 - 2013Dec 06, 2013...read full article...
Happy International Volunteer Day!Dec 05, 2013In celebration of the United Nations' International Volunteer Day, CODE wants to sincerely thank its numerous volunteers....read full article...
CODE Online Auction Open Until Dec. 13th!Dec 02, 2013CODE’s first-ever online auction is now open!...read full article...
ABQLA CODE FundraiserNov 28, 2013The Quebec Library Association will be hosting a fundraising event for CODE in Montreal on November 28th. ...read full article...
Watch the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Gala Highlights!Nov 11, 2013CODE has released a short video featuring the highlights of its inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Gala, which took place at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on October 2nd. Watch it here!...read full article...
Long-time CODE-Ethiopia Employee RetiresNov 08, 2013A few days ago, colleagues, family and friends of Ephraim Aberra gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to honour him and celebrate a lifetime dedicated to libraries and literacy. Ato Ephraim recently retired from CODE-Ethiopia after over 25 years of loyal......read full article...
Important Message Regarding the Read Africa BallNov 05, 2013CODE deeply regrets to share that due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to host this year’s Read Africa Ball....read full article...
CODE Recognizes Long-Time EmployeesOct 15, 2013On October 10th, CODE recognized three employees for their years of service to the organization....read full article...
CODE is Thankful for Your SupportOct 14, 2013As we are celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, CODE wants to express its sincere gratitude to everyone who makes it possible for our programs to positively impact the lives of millions of children and youth around the world....read full article...
Celebrating the International Day of the Girl ChildOct 11, 2013Today is the United Nations' Interna...read full article...
2013 Burt Award for African Literature — Kenya Winners AnnouncedOct 11, 2013The most recent winners of the Burt Award for African Literature — Kenya were announced in Nairobi on September 27th. A crowd of over 100 people gathered for a ceremony recognizing excellence in literary works for young people in English....read full article...
Richard Wagamese Wins “Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature” First PrizeOct 02, 2013Ottawa, October 2nd, 2013 −The first winners of a unique literary award that will provide thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada with access to culturally...read full article...

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Final DaysThe Seeing is Believing Tour has officially ended. This group was so rich with laughter and full of awe at Ethiopia and CODE’s work here. Regardless of stomach problems, lost luggage and chest colds, everyone has been brimming with curiosity, respect for......read full article...
Poverty and BooksToday is International Day to Eradicate Poverty. On my way into the office this morning I was thinking about how the books CODE publishes today provide for generations to come. More broadly, literacy provides the tools for a person to find their own way......read full article...
Reading LiberiaWe describe Reading Liberia as a comprehensive readership program that aims to improve the quality of education in Liberia by sharing knowledge and building capacity through professional mentorship. But it’s so much more. Only a few months in and we’re......read full article...
LalibelaWe left Addis Ababa and headed north to Lalibela - a patchwork quilt of every possible shade of green warmed the earth as we looked out the plane’s small windows. ...read full article...
Nothing short of incredibleThis morning we loaded our suitcases onto the bus while it was still dark- we headed out of town a bit behind schedule but still beat the rush hour traffic. Before we knew it our bus was taking us through an incredibly scenic drive in the Blue Nile Gorge......read full article...
Seeing is Believing - Sharing the sightsOne of our Seeing is Believing tour participants, Stefan Hensel, has kindly taken the time to compile a few photo albums of some special moments captured during our trip. "This photo essay will, hopefully, reflect the impressions gathered on this trip......read full article...
Field notesIt is amazing here - so hot and humid that my notebooks are already warping!  I am in Liberia for sure - the smells of fire in the air, the noise, the distorted radio music, people lining the roads, the throngs of people everywhere, small stray dogs and......read full article...
... a time for new growthDespite the long journey to get from Ottawa to Lilongwe, it is jarring to arrive in Malawi.  Travelling through the central part of the country from Lilongwe to Blantyre, I am conscious of the contrast between Ottawa’s autumn landscape and Malawi’s dry......read full article...
Reporting from LiberiaToday other things struck me.  The numbers of young men in the streets all day are just hanging out - not working, not studying, not involved.  This is a concern for a nation that wants to get back up on its feet, that’s for sure.  I bought fruit today......read full article...
Feeling empowered... ...read full article...
Windy roads and jagged mountainsHere's to the long road again as we set off for an 11 hour journey to Lalibela on highways that hug the road and give us all breathtaking views of canyons, mountains, quilts of terraced farmland and the never ending stream of walkers on the side of the......read full article...
Reading LiberiaOur Director of Development, Sean Maddox, and I have just gotten home from a trip to Liberia, where we officially launched CODE’s newest program, Reading Liberia, and helped facilitate a series of demonstration workshops for teachers on how to teach......read full article...
Youth making a differenceWhen you hear about the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, it’s not always positive news. Westview Centennial Secondary School changed all of my preconceived notions about the “rough area” when a student group called Build the Bridge registered for......read full article...
The biggest library ambassadors... are childrenWe sat around the table in the middle of the library.  It was a stifling hot afternoon and our discussion centred on the need for a fan to make the room more conducive to readers, something that the town council agreed to provide.  There were six library......read full article...
7 Canadians, 11 Churches and 1000 PriestsWe hit the 11 famous rock hewn churches of Lalibela at mid-morning, eager to see the miracle of construction. These towering edifices were hewn out of the solid, red volcanic stone on which they stand. ...read full article...

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