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Announcing BETTERFeb 12, 2016Dear friends, colleagues and supporters, I'm pleased to announce that CODE has been appointed by the Canadian Government to undertake the delivery of an extensive teacher education reform program in Mozambique. ...read full article...
A Tanzanian Success StoryFeb 01, 2016A recent study shows that the Reading CODE project is succeeding in its mission of creating capable young readers and writers in Tanzania. The assessment shows students from project schools outperforming their peers in non-project schools by leaps and......read full article...
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...

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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...
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...
Celebrating the International Day of the Girl ChildOct 11, 2013Today is the United Nations' Interna...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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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...
A journalist in the makingYesterday we had fabulous visits to Merawi Reading Room and Durbete Reading Room - both rural and new since last year in the regions around Bahir Dar. Durbete put on an incredible welcoming ceremony with the children performing songs, traditional......read full article...
We made it!After an uneventful but long flight we arrived in Addis Ababa late Saturday night. Addis Ababa is a grand dame decked out for a party that feels like it's still going on. We missed the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations in September, but Addis Ababa......read full article...
Something exciting just happening in Tanzania…On July 11th, 2008, at the Canadian High Commission in Tanzania, representatives from the education and cultural sectors, the news media, as well as publishers, editors and authors, joined CODE’s partner organization, the Children’s Book Project, and......read full article...
Sharing DialogueThis summer CODE held its biannual all-partners workshop in Ottawa Ontario. The workshop was designed to gather all partners together to share their successes and lessons learned, and to share in dialogue about standardizing how we measure the results of......read full article...
Seeing is Believing trip... less than one week to departure!It’s less than one week to departure and it’s getting very exciting. I look forward to connecting with Ethiopian friends again and seeing how the new Reading Rooms in Addis Akaki and Lidetta have progressed since last year. I also look forward to meeting......read full article...
Rooms full of childrenYesterday was a travel day with an early morning visit to the local Lalibela primary school. At the school we distributed two big boxes of pencils. The visit was moving as the children performed a song a dance. We’ve seen a lot of school children during......read full article...
Blue Nile GorgeYesterday we went to the Ministry of Education office and met with the head of education to discuss the obstacles faced by primary school teachers in the region. He told us about the low resources for teacher training, lack of books, supplies, classroom ......read full article...
Just a few more sleeps...In less than a week, I will be setting off to Ethiopia with six CODE supporters who share in our belief that when a person can read and write they can learn to do anything. I’ll be honoured to show them first hand what Canadian funds can accomplish......read full article...
Books without borders...As a program manager for CODE I work closely with partners overseas. But unlike my Ottawa-based colleagues, I work out of Brazil. This has often given me an interesting perspective, as the society I’m surrounded by is still struggling to become fully......read full article...
Consulting with stakeholdersCODE’s partner in Mozambique, Associação Progresso, has been recognized nationally and internationally for its work in nurturing the development of a literate environment in Cabo Delgado and Niassa – the country’s two Northern provinces. In a recent trip......read full article...
Reading rooms full of children ...read full article...
A book, a smile and a fresh coat of paintAddis Ababa has an energy that’s hard to capture with words. The city is vibrant. Its inhabitants are of more than 80 nationalities speaking more than 80 languages. Addis Ababa is sharply divided by class and ethnicity. You can stay in a five-star hotel......read full article...

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