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Winners of CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedApr 27, 2017CODE has announced the winners of its fourth annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. Winning titles to be donated to schools, libraries, and community organizations across......read full article...
CODE’s Winning Partnerships in Children’s Book PublishingApr 20, 2017CODE is incredibly proud to share that publishing house, Editions Ganndal – founded by Aliou Sow, CODE's Chef de projet on PAGE Mali, was named the winner of the grand prize of the best African publisher of youth books of the year at the International......read full article...
Seeing Is Believing Ghana – 2017 EditionApr 19, 2017On February 15, CODE welcomed twelve of its thoughtful donors to Ghana to spend ten days touring the country and provide participants the opportunity to witness the impact of their support first hand by visiting program schools as well as spend time with......read full article...
CODE Ethiopia Community LibrariesApr 19, 2017Karen Sharkey, CODE's Program Manager recently returned from a visit to eight community libraries in the Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia with our country partner CODE Ethiopia. ...read full article...
Oh What a Night!Mar 31, 2017The 2017 CODE Read Africa Ball (RAB), held March 9th at Toronto’s hip 2nd Floor Events, was a great way to beat the winter blues and drum up support for CODE’s Reading Sierra Leone literacy initiative. Over a hundred-people attended the soirée jointly......read full article...
CODE Announces New Burt Award for African Young Adult LiteratureMar 27, 2017CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past......read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 22, 2017Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. Winning titles to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the Caribbean. ...read full article...
All Hands on Deck!Mar 21, 2017CODE and its partner in Sierra Leone, PEN-Sierra Leone, were thrilled to get a helping hand with their programming from the crews of two visiting Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On Monday, March 20th, sailors from the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Moncton......read full article...
Happy International Women’s Day! Meet Watchen Johnson BabalolaMar 08, 2017On this special day dedicated to honouring the women in our world, CODE proudly acknowledges the inspirational women with whom we have the privilege of working every day, all the year through. ...read full article...
Burt Award Winning Writer Augie Merasty Passes Away at 87Feb 28, 2017CODE is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph (Augie) Merasty, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir – recipient of last year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. ...read full article...
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
From Shipping to Creating and Sharing BooksDec 13, 2016For nearly 30 years, CODE and the International Book Bank (IBB) have worked together to get high-quality North American reading materials into the hands of teachers, librarians and young people in low-income countries. ...read full article...
2016 International Assistance ReviewDec 06, 2016Today, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) released their “What We Heard” report on the 2016 International Assistance Review Consultations. Highlighted on the issues of education and skills development, participants suggested that GAC should: ...read full article...
Meet long-time CODE Volunteer, Dr. Alison PreeceDec 05, 2016On this International Volunteer Day we’d like to tip our hats to the legion of expert volunteers who work with CODE throughout the year to help deliver our UNESCO award-winning literacy programming in Africa, the Caribbean, and in Canada. ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...

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CODE’s Winning Partnerships in Children’s Book PublishingApr 20, 2017CODE is incredibly proud to share that publishing house, Editions Ganndal – founded by Aliou Sow, CODE's Chef de projet on PAGE Mali, was named the winner of the grand prize of the best African publisher of youth books of the year at the International......read full article...
CODE Ethiopia Community LibrariesApr 19, 2017Karen Sharkey, CODE's Program Manager recently returned from a visit to eight community libraries in the Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia with our country partner CODE Ethiopia. ...read full article...
Oh What a Night!Mar 31, 2017The 2017 CODE Read Africa Ball (RAB), held March 9th at Toronto’s hip 2nd Floor Events, was a great way to beat the winter blues and drum up support for CODE’s Reading Sierra Leone literacy initiative. Over a hundred-people attended the soirée jointly......read full article...
All Hands on Deck!Mar 21, 2017CODE and its partner in Sierra Leone, PEN-Sierra Leone, were thrilled to get a helping hand with their programming from the crews of two visiting Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On Monday, March 20th, sailors from the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Moncton......read full article...
Happy International Women’s Day! Meet Watchen Johnson BabalolaMar 08, 2017On this special day dedicated to honouring the women in our world, CODE proudly acknowledges the inspirational women with whom we have the privilege of working every day, all the year through. ...read full article...
Burt Award Winning Writer Augie Merasty Passes Away at 87Feb 28, 2017CODE is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph (Augie) Merasty, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir – recipient of last year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. ...read full article...
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
Choir! Choir! Choir! Sings CODE’s PraisesDec 21, 2016CODE is honoured to have recently been selected as a charity of choice by popular singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!. Newlyweds Mandy and Bryan are long-time members of the Toronto-based group and were recently asked by the choir's co-founders to select......read full article...
From Shipping to Creating and Sharing BooksDec 13, 2016For nearly 30 years, CODE and the International Book Bank (IBB) have worked together to get high-quality North American reading materials into the hands of teachers, librarians and young people in low-income countries. ...read full article...
2016 International Assistance ReviewDec 06, 2016Today, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) released their “What We Heard” report on the 2016 International Assistance Review Consultations. Highlighted on the issues of education and skills development, participants suggested that GAC should: ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...
2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature CeremonyOct 24, 2016Truth, Reconciliation and Hope powerful themes at this year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. The sun-filled, glass atrium of the Veteran’s Memorial Tipi at the First Nations University of Canada Regina campus provided a......read full article...
Launch of World Class Literacy and Education Program in GhanaOct 21, 2016Asanko Gold and CODE’s partner in Ghana, the Ghana Book Trust, launch world class literacy and education program to the Ashanti Region of Ghana....read full article...
Collaboration, vision and persistencyOct 11, 2016Mozambique: “Collaboration, vision and persistency” Keys to success behind CODE’s 25 year-partnership with UNESCO award-winning Associação Progresso. The state of education in Mozambique has changed significantly over the last 25 years. ...read full article...
Canadian launch of GEM ReportOct 07, 2016CODE is honoured to have been invited by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Global Affairs Canada to co-host the Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report on Friday, Oct 28 at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. ...read full article...

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Winners of CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedApr 27, 2017CODE has announced the winners of its fourth annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. Winning titles to be donated to schools, libraries, and community organizations across......read full article...
CODE Announces New Burt Award for African Young Adult LiteratureMar 27, 2017CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past......read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 22, 2017Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. Winning titles to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the Caribbean. ...read full article...
CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature Winners AnnouncedOct 13, 2016At a morning ceremony held at First Nations University of Canada in Regina and hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and CTV’s Nelson Bird, CODE proudly announced the winners of its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 13, 2016A literary award and literacy initiative like no other. CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Asanko Gold partners with leading Canadian NGOSep 08, 2016CODE is pleased to announce a new, six-year partnership with Asanko Gold which will extend CODE’s world class Reading Ghana literacy and education program to include the Ashanti Region of the country. ...read full article...
Debut novelist Tamika Gibson wins CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean LiteratureMay 02, 2016CODE announced the winners of its third annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors, at the 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain ...read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 11, 2016CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its third annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. ...read full article...
Canadian Government Invests in $18M Pilot Project to Transform the Future of Education in MozambiqueFeb 12, 2016CODE is partnering with the award-winning literacy organization Associação Progresso and Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development to implement the 7 year program. ...read full article...
Considering Making a Gift of Stock to CODE?Dec 20, 2015Do it before December 31st Donating shares to CODE is a great way of supporting literacy in developing countries and in Canada while eliminating all tax on capital gain at the same time....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...
2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Winners AnnouncedOct 14, 2015CODE is proud to announce the winners of its 3rd Annual Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature and once again celebrate incredible indigenous authorship benefitting First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth. This year’s winners, as selected......read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 3rd Annual Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature AnnouncedSep 23, 2015CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its 3rd Annual Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature and once again celebrate incredible indigenous authorship benefitting First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth. ...read full article...
Canadian NGO CODE Partner, Associacao Progresso, Wins UNESCO's 2015 King Sejong International Literacy PrizeSep 08, 2015CODE's 25-year partner in Mozambique, Associação Progresso, is one of 5 winners of the 2015 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. This year, on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2015, Associação Progresso will be recognized for excellence and......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...

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Read to Me MamaMay 08, 2017“Reading is life. It brings me closer to the children in guiding them to work confidently in pursuing education - the key to peace and happiness.” Meet Memunatu Sumah - an early grade school teacher at St. Leonard’s Primary School in Marut village, Rokel......read full article...
What do you want your legacy to be?May 02, 2017May is LEAVE A LEGACY™ month, I encourage you to think about what you want your legacy to be. “I want my legacy to inspire future generations to achieve their highest potential and through CODE I know that will be possible.” -Gwynneth Evans ...read full article...
MalalamaniaApr 24, 2017by Scott Walter, CODE Executive Director — I had the pleasure of attending the parliamentary address of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as she received her honorary Canadian citizenship on April 12. ...read full article...
Meet Rick Wilks - CODE Expert VolunteerApr 06, 2017At CODE we are so fortunate to work with some incredible volunteers. One of these amazing people is Rick Wilks. Rick transformed Canada’s literary landscape in 1976 when he co-founded Annick Press Ltd – one of the most cutting edge and innovative......read full article...
All Hands on DeckMar 17, 2017Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cameron and Royal Canadian Navy “Shore up” Support for CODE’s Literacy Programming in Sierra Leone...read full article...
CODE Exchanges Ideas on Education at International CIES ConferenceMar 13, 2017CODE’s Director of International Programs, Hila Olyan, and Firas Elfarr, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, participated in ...read full article...
Meet Isaquiel VicenteMar 09, 2017What a surprise to discover that Isaquiel Vicente - a teacher I met today at the IFP Joaquim Chisane in Pemba, Cabo Delgado, had years before attended an elementary school I had visited in the district of Montepuez back in 2001! ...read full article...
Launching BETTER BooksMar 07, 2017On March 4th the IFP Alberto Chipande in Pemba, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique hosted the launch of a collection of 26 titles, involving 6 languages. This initiative is an important part of BETTER - as it supports the creation of concept books and books for......read full article...
Fun with TabletsNov 01, 2016“How many people have used a tablet before?” asks the facilitator.  One person raises their hand.  “How many people have used a smart phone?” This time 6 hands go up. There are 23 librarians around the table. It is the third day of librarian training in......read full article...
CODE’s International Literacy Day Annual Donor ReceptionSep 12, 2016An evening of thanks, milestones and the launch of Seeing is Believing 2017! More than 50 of CODE’s most loyal supporters braved the humidity last week to attend CODE’s annual donor reception.  ...read full article...
CODE takes special pleasure in wishing all a happy International Literacy DaySep 08, 2016Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8th International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies. ...read full article...
Back to school - every parent’s wishAug 31, 2016Parents around the world share a common and unwavering truth; a wish for what is best for their children. As schools open this month, parents in Liberia, as with all of our partner countries, will hope to see their children attend school. ...read full article...
Investing in Teenage Girls through a bookJul 11, 2016I wrote the novella, "Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre", with an aim of empowering the girl-child and to give her the tools with which to change the community’s mindset about her place in society. ...read full article...
My Experience at the International Assistance Review ConsultationJul 04, 2016As a member of Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” Speakers Bureau, I was invited to attend the International Assistance Review (IAR) consultations for youth hosted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa on June 28, 2016. ...read full article...
Consultations on Canada’s international assistance reviewJun 09, 2016Global Affairs Canada launched a review and public consultations process focused on renewing Canada’s international assistance policy, programming and funding framework. All Canadians and partners are invited to participate in this review until July 2016 ...read full article...

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Seeing Is Believing Ghana – 2017 EditionApr 19, 2017On February 15, CODE welcomed twelve of its thoughtful donors to Ghana to spend ten days touring the country and provide participants the opportunity to witness the impact of their support first hand by visiting program schools as well as spend time with......read full article...
Oh What a Night!Mar 31, 2017The 2017 CODE Read Africa Ball (RAB), held March 9th at Toronto’s hip 2nd Floor Events, was a great way to beat the winter blues and drum up support for CODE’s Reading Sierra Leone literacy initiative. Over a hundred-people attended the soirée jointly......read full article...
All Hands on Deck!Mar 21, 2017CODE and its partner in Sierra Leone, PEN-Sierra Leone, were thrilled to get a helping hand with their programming from the crews of two visiting Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On Monday, March 20th, sailors from the HMCS Summerside and the HMCS Moncton......read full article...
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
Choir! Choir! Choir! Sings CODE’s PraisesDec 21, 2016CODE is honoured to have recently been selected as a charity of choice by popular singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!. Newlyweds Mandy and Bryan are long-time members of the Toronto-based group and were recently asked by the choir's co-founders to select......read full article...
2016 International Assistance ReviewDec 06, 2016Today, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) released their “What We Heard” report on the 2016 International Assistance Review Consultations. Highlighted on the issues of education and skills development, participants suggested that GAC should: ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...
2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature CeremonyOct 24, 2016Truth, Reconciliation and Hope powerful themes at this year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. The sun-filled, glass atrium of the Veteran’s Memorial Tipi at the First Nations University of Canada Regina campus provided a......read full article...
Launch of World Class Literacy and Education Program in GhanaOct 21, 2016Asanko Gold and CODE’s partner in Ghana, the Ghana Book Trust, launch world class literacy and education program to the Ashanti Region of Ghana....read full article...
CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature Winners AnnouncedOct 13, 2016At a morning ceremony held at First Nations University of Canada in Regina and hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and CTV’s Nelson Bird, CODE proudly announced the winners of its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...
Canadian launch of GEM ReportOct 07, 2016CODE is honoured to have been invited by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Global Affairs Canada to co-host the Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report on Friday, Oct 28 at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. ...read full article...
Winners of the 2016 Burt Award for African Literature in Kenya honouredOct 03, 2016“I am so happy and grateful! I intend to support reading by donating these books to schools, of course beginning with my former school.” —Nicholas Kamau, alias Goro wa Kamau, 1st place winner....read full article...
Winners of the 6th Annual Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana honouredOct 03, 2016Rattling in the Closet, Red Spectacles Knows and The Step Monster represent the diverse range of winning titles at the 6th Annual Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana....read full article...
Reading Kenya Teacher CertificationSep 26, 2016CODE and its partner in Kenya - the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) have been very busy lately. On Friday, September 16th they awarded Reading Kenya child-centred training certificates to a second cohort of 9 trainers and 150 teachers. ...read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature AnnouncedSep 13, 2016A literary award and literacy initiative like no other. CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its 4th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. ...read full article...

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