Primary Classroom Libraries
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Info about the Primary Classroom Libraries
The gift of literacy is imperative in rural areas of Lesotho. This is why the communities in the Sehlabathebe region of Lesotho, together with Peace Corps volunteers and various NGOs have come together to create classroom libraries at three primary schools in one of the most remote areas in the country.
The Peace Corps volunteer will continue to provide workshops to assist teachers in areas of literacy promotion in classrooms and members of the African Library Project will host workshops to help the committee members learn effective library management strategies. The library committees are made up of key individuals such as principals, teachers, students and education board members. Their responsibility will be to set up, organize, manage and operate the libraries. In addition, classroom teachers will be responsible for seeing that the books are used as part of classroom learning and ensuring that every student has ample access to the new resources.
Because the region is remote, teachers and students must travel over 100 km to the nearest library—a costly trip that many cannot afford. Because of this, all committee members and teachers are extremely dedicated to improving literacy within their schools and will do their parts to ensure that the libraries benefit the students of the schools.
In order for the library books to be organized and managed in the most effective way, each teacher will create a classroom library where books will be organized and available to students at the appropriate reading levels. Having the books in the classrooms will ensure that they can be easily incorporated into classroom learning. This project will provide bookshelves for 24 classrooms, thus creating 24 mini-libraries that will improve the literacy rates of teachers and students in grades K-7.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.