The books are useful for teaching, learning and research which are the core functions of the university. The books have increase our library usage over the past few months as more students find the books useful for the learning and research needs. The objective of the University library is to provide learning resources that support teaching learning and research. Books2Africa’s Support to AMEU Library has enabled the library to meet a mission. We are better placed to meet the information needs of our users.
It is the believe of the Foundation that, a book in the hands of a child can lead to endless possibilities and create a reading culture in the children of the armed forces. It is in view of this that, the Foundation took a giant stride to donate 3000 books received from Books2Africa for distribution to libraries in military schools.
The performance (of students) improved as the students are now able to have access to a better equipped learning atmosphere with up to date reference materials. Hence their ambitions and hopes are being fulfilled through this generous support from Books2Africa. Our vision is to be the epitome of quality higher education across Africa through our core value Quality Equity Integrity Professionalism Accountability as well as Transparency also to provide knowledge and skills development in health education science and technology for transformation of society. Therefore these books we have will act as a stepping stone toward fulfilling the vision and strategic objectives of the institution.
The significance of books to the life of a student and to these students cannot be underestimated. The hundreds of students who never had a textbook to read from are now being able to go to the library and read from the variety of books donated. While the country coordinator for CEED Cameroon challenged the students to make use of the wealth of knowledge found in the books, the Principal also encouraged students to use the books and improve on their academics and urge teachers to make use of the library and enrich their curriculum.
Thanks to the Books2Africa’s support, students in Abia DIA Basic School now have access to a wide-variety of reading material and this has ignited their desire to explore the world through reading. They are dedicated to creating a small library space where children can go and immerse themselves in the written word, thereby improving their mastery of the English language.
The books received from Books To Africa International, (although some of the books did not relate to the Ghana Education Service curricula), has helped a lot of pupils/learners to have access to supplementary reading materials, stimulated their reading habits, improved their vocabulary and diction, and an overall improvement in the learning of the English Language.
Because of the rural location of our school and community and the fact that we currently have no mains power, our teachers had nowhere to source ideas or knowledge from before the library was opened. Having the access to the books has made them become much keener in planning their lessons. They are discovering new and exciting ways to teach and impart knowledge. And they themselves are learning in the process of teaching.
We are extremely grateful to the entire team at Books2Africa for giving our Community Initiative the much needed support to move on and to open the minds of young ones to making reading a habit through spelling event, one of our various incentive-based enrichment activities. Even the children that didn’t win star prizes said they gained more confidence, built better vocabulary and are determined to be great spellers. All the children participated for the first time and would like to take part next time.
Since the library was opened to the students, we have observed that many of our students enjoy reading storybooks and novels for leisure. They are also broadening their vocabulary and their knowledge of the world. This exciting development will no doubt enable them develop a habit of reading to educate themselves. It also inculcates the idea of having to use the library as a resource centre for learning.
Books2Africa’s UK Processing Centre is still open during the lockdown and we are still accepting donated items and shipping to Africa. You can still donate or request resources as usual. We’ve also launched our Personal Study Kit to help with home schooling across Africa.