Bulawayo– The City of Bulawayo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Book Aid International to implement the ‘Inspiring Readers School Library Project’ that will benefit 34, 000 children, and at least 50 teachers, 25 head teachers and 10 librarians.
The aim of the project is to have a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve and change lives.
Book Aid International will provide approximately 28, 750 books donated by UK publishers worth an estimated 37 375 Pounds (70% of current retail value). Each school will receive 800 phonics books for upper primary students and local language books. The phonics books will be used as resources to teach low-ability/ lower primary students how to read in English, as well as library materials to read for leisure during free time, and or books to use as reference materials when teaching specific subjects.
The main activities will focus on providing new books from the UK and through local purchase for twenty-five primary schools, construction of crafted cupboards and boxes to store, and transportation of the books around the school will be covered by the grant. Librarians from 5 Bulawayo City Council library branches will support project schools by training teachers and head-teachers from the 25 project schools to promote reading.
The public libraries that have already taken part in the Open Doors Children’s Corners program will act as a hub to provide books and training to primary schools in their vicinity. This will enhance the sustainability and impact of the project.
The ‘Inspiring Readers School Library’ project is set to run from December 2018 to January 2020.
Book Aid International (BAI) works in libraries, schools and other contexts in and beyond sub-Saharan Africa, donating book and delivering library development and librarian and teacher training projects, directly and through implementing partners.