Reading Brings Happiness

Credit: Mimouna Ali, Algeria

Picture of the week

“Knowing how to read brings happiness. This photo shows the classroom where I learned to read and write as a child in Messad, Algeria. The blackboard in front of me was full of letters that changed my view of the world. The day I was able to read my first words, I started to discover the secrets of life. When I was able to understand entire sentences, I thought that the universe was made of the pages of a book. Like these children, knowing how to read etched a smile on my heart and made me happy. “

This picture and essay were submitted to the 2012 Reading Changed My Life Contest by Mimouna Ali of Algeria.

Take a look at some of the nearly 1,000 photos and videos submitted to the Reading Changed My Life Photo and Video Contest and then get involved in helping children learn and grow.

Middle East and North Africa: Algeria


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