Read4Succeed: Improving reading skills of migrant, refugee children and children from low income neighbourhoods through Animal Assisted Reading.

Researcher in Charge: Iva Miranda Pires
Team: Elsa Canelo
Researchers not belonging to CICS.NOVA: Ana Madeira (CLUNL), Joana Batalha (CLUNL)
Funding Entity:

Agência Nacional Erasmus +


Read4Succeed is an international cooperation project developed by a consortium of 8 partners including universities, schools, non-profit associations and Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) teams from 5 European countries (Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Czech Republic). It aims to help schools become more inclusive, i.e. to develop strategies to welcome all children in their communities and to have appropriate responses for different multicultural and multilingual contexts. European societies have become more diverse, mainly due to intra-European mobility and immigration flows from non-member countries, in particular from African countries. In schools, teachers face new challenges and are looking for appropriate strategies and responses to these new realities. Read4Succeed aims to assess the use of Animal Assisted Education to improve the reading skills of migrant, refugee and disadvantaged neighbourhood children between the ages of 7 and 10, who can already express themselves in the host country's language but have reading difficulties identified by their teachers.

It is hoped that the project can show that holistic approaches, which combine formal and informal educational approaches, can be useful when solutions need to be found to complex situations, such as those experienced by children from the target groups. 


ACL - Associação Cães e Livros (Portugal); Agrupamento de Escolas Cardoso Lopes (Portugal); CITI: Centro de Investigação para Tecnologias Interactivas (Portugal); OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND (Holanda); Stichting A.A.I.Z.O.O. (Holanda); Asociación Perros y Letras - R.E.A.D. ESPAÑA (Espanha); Pomáháme psím srdcem, z.s. (República Checa); InContrasti società cooperativa onlus a r.l. (Itália)

Starting Date: 2019
Ending Date: 2022