The university has moved to a new campus in Kungu and we were in the process of setting up a new library. The books from Books2Africa therefore were very much needed to provide more information resources to the university community. The students have a more resourced learning space for both private study and research. The presence of these books attracts them more to use the library. Some students have also been very instrumental in running the library by volunteering some of their free time and making sure that the new library is ready for use by the university community.
I noticed that computer literacy was being taught only using a black board, with no text books or computers. Now the school have computers to use within the library they will have first hand experience of what they are learning in the class room. The deputy head teacher from another nearby school also asked if he could use the computer for help with his school records so the whole community can now benefit as well as the school.
We believe that reading books will assist our children to achieve better results in English and other
academic subjects. Subsequently, we expanded our education focus to establish reading programs and
hubs in several rural areas, where books and libraries are not fully operational yet.
Computer Science and Information Technology are rapid changing academic fields which demand constant update. These books are fundamental for our students and lecturers to have access to the last information on these fields. As for Nursing, the books sent by Books2Africa are the beginning of the new section of the library that will help to train nurses for a country extremely in need.
One university said that the books have been added to their library that aids students and lecturers. They said it enhances the educational standard for the university and the nation at large. A secondary school said that the science books in particular has been incredibly useful in making the material understandable to the students. The same school shared that previously some students were refusing to complete assignments due to the lack of materials and would consequently just roam around. Now you can see these students focused on their school work and problem solving. A different secondary school said that the books will contribute greatly to the reading and learning abilities of the students. The books allowed another secondary school to open a library for its students and they are incredibly grateful for this. A Calabatown secondary school said that this donation allowed them to complete their standard library and that their teachers understanding of their subjects, especially in science, has greatly improved and they can now teach more effectively.
Through the books we received and used to stock the libraries in the schools and the community, we have increased the engagement time with the students in terms of real reading time. For example, in the past, whenever it was library time on the timetable of these schools, there were no reading materials or story books at these libraries for the students to read. When we received the books and stocked these libraries with them, now the students have got books to read during these times and at their leisure times during and after school hours. Through this initiative and books received we have seen a great improvement of about 20% in the reading skills of the students in the schools in the community.
The books we received have greatly increased the number of books we’re able to lend to children at the school. The staff also have access to borrowing books to use in their classrooms.
We have a 45% of refugee students from South Sudan and Eritrea that they just find access to higher education through us. They live in the outskirts of the metropolitan area of Khartoum. The empowerment of these refugee students has a wonderful impact on the communities where they live in Khartoum in terms of job creation and in their original communities in terms of development for those who go back.
The intervention was very timely. Prior to now we had very few books. Now we have a standard resource centre. We are indeed appreciative of the kind gesture from books to Africa.
Our charity decided to fill a container with educational resources to send to the 22 primary schools we support in Northern Malawi. These schools are poorly resourced; the children are taught in English yet some have no reading materials at all. The books will greatly enhance the teaching in these schools. The pupils are so excited to have many books with illustrations in them , they are now eager to read.