Info about the Primary School and Community Library
Lack of funding for education is a major issue in Tanzania. Schools do not have the materials they need to give students the best possible education. While many students in the US enjoy the luxury of having a book to keep at home in addition to a class set available to read in the classroom, many schools in Tanzania may have only one outdated copy for the entire school. This one copy usually stays in the possession of the teacher in order to make lesson plans, and the students most likely never even see it.
At our Primary School, this is the case. The teachers and the students simply do not have the books or materials they need. The teachers and community members have identified improvement of education as a top priority, and agree that opening a school library would be the first step toward achieving this goal.
This project will provide new textbooks in every subject for every grade 1-7 at the primary school, as well as additional resources such as dictionaries, special interest books, stationary and fiction books. The primary school has offered to provide for 73% of the project including the building where the library will be located, and all of the furniture and shelves. The school has also decided to share the library with the entire community, which will provide resources and improve literacy throughout the village. The library will give the students the research skills they will need to succeed as well as serve as an encouragement for a life-long love of learning.