6 Jun 2016

Books in mosques start a reading revolution: Dr. Rana Dajani

From Queen's Birthday, 10:40 am on 6 June 2016

Jordanian molecular biologist Dr. Rana Dajani wanted Jordanian children to read for pleasure; while the average person in the United States reads 11 books for pleasure a year, Jordanians read just half a page, despite being highly educated. She started the We Love Reading initiative to change her community, then the Middle East, and the world. She also runs the Three Circles of Alemat mentoring programme for Muslim women scientists, regularly writes for Nature Journal, and teaches evolution and other molecular biology at Hashemite University. She is a former Fulbright scholar who has worked with the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative.