The Literacy Program's objective is to give all the Shin Shin children in remote areas a chance to access a wide range of books and information, and help them develop good study habits, that will benefit them enormously a lifetime. The program also helps Shin Shin schools build reading rooms and reading corners to provide better reading facility and environment for the children.

In 2007, Shin Shin began to implement the “One Book per Child” program, that donated at least one extra-curricular book to each Shin Shin child. This program was successfully completed in 2010. Shin Shin Educational Foundation sent totally 145,000 books to approximately 120,000 children in 325 Shin Shin schools. Since 2010 the reading rooms and reading corners program began, it has helped 40 Shin Shin schools establish or improve reading rooms or reading corners. In addition to donating books, Shin Shin also purchased special bookcases, shelves, desks and chairs, and in some cases, equipped computers and printers for the reading rooms, as well as helped repair or renovate the reading rooms.

To encourage students to develop good practices of reading extracurricular books, Shin Shin held two essay contests in 2008 and 2009. Many Shin Shin students enthusiastically took part and submitted thousands of essays. Shin Shin rewarded selected students for their outstanding writings, and provided prizes to encourage all participants, their schools and teachers.

To give the best reading materials to the children, Shin Shin volunteers carefully select and edit book lists. Books are categorized into high grade and low grade levels, each of which are then grouped into the following four categories: humanities and social sciences (including biographies, literary classics, history, fairy tales, art); science and nature (including astronomy, geography, nature) ; puzzle books (including puzzles and games); teaching references (including dictionaries, mathematics, writing, English, and Encyclopedias, etc.). The number of books that each school receives depends on the number of students, so that every student has at least one book.

The following is the summary of Shin Shin donated books over the years, to students, school reading rooms and reading corners at a glance:

2007: Donated about 42,000 books to 168 Shin Shin schools.
2008: Donated about 40,000 books to 90 Shin Shin schools.
2009: Donated about 38,000 books to 115 Shin Shin schools, and 17,000 books to 8 new reading rooms built for schools in earthquake affected areas, and 1,000 books to a Hunan Shin Shin School sponsored by Crane Foundation.
2010: Donated about 14,000 books to 36 Shin Shin schools, constructed and renovated reading rooms for 10 Shin Shin schools, donated bookcases, shelves, desks and chairs, and installed computers and printers for some reading rooms.
2011: Donated about 11,050 books to 20 Shin Shin schools, and necessary bookcases, shelves, desks and chairs.

Over 5 years, a total of 166,650 books were donated and 40 reading rooms or reading corners were built under Shin Shin's Literacy Program.

From 2007 to 2011, Cupertino Rotary Club has always been a major donor for this program, and actively participated in all the related Shin Shin events, which assured the success of the program's operations . On behalf of all Shin Shin children, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Rotary Club of Cupertino. We also sincerely appreciated all the strong support and help from the Rotary Club of Shanghai, the Overseas Chinese Foundation of Mr. Ye Shouzhang, and the Rotary Clubs of Beijing and San Francisco Chinatown.

Youku Video for Book Corner Installation

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