School Library (Malawi)

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School Library (Malawi)
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Country: Malawi
Volunteer(s) Name: M Bondurant
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Texas
Funds community contributed: $4825
Percentage community contributed: 34%
Funds needed were: $7711
Funds requested were: $9156
PPCP #: 614-202
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Malawi 2009 (6).
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Info about the School Library (Malawi)


Imagine a school where, for most subjects, there are only a handful of textbooks in each class of 40 students; for the remaining subjects, there are no textbooks. Imagine that the nearest access to any library or resource center is at least an hour’s ride by way of a truck bed, down a rocky dirt road with transport fees far too expensive for any students, even teachers to travel on a regular basis. How can this school hope to provide an adequate education? This is the reality in which a Community Day Secondary School in Malawi finds itself. The Headmaster states simply, “The local non-governmental organizations who support us are ready and willing to donate textbooks, novels, encyclopedias and other resources; but, only if we have a building in which to securely store them.”

The construction of this one building for the purpose of a library will, for this community, mean the difference between stagnation and growth, poor education and adequate education. A library, available to not only the school, but the entire community, will encourage a culture of reading, self-directed learning, and will provide endless opportunities for the students, as well as opportunities to improve overall community development.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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