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.
There are some high schoolers who study from our institution;
these are the main targets for most of the books. We continue to use the ones that meet our level as a college and they have helped widen the understanding and sources of information which
eventually will be utilized in communities.
IYC has entered into partnership with Books2Africa, a UK based international Non-governmental organization, which donated about 1000 books that formed the first stock of the library and ICT center which has dozens of Computers. The NGO is known to give books from donors majorly in the UK to need areas in Africa. The library was named in the honor of the late Dr. Oronto Douglas, a renowned intellectual and writer who has traversed the globe in pursuit of the Niger Delta struggle.
We set out to provide quality higher education at an affordable price in an environment where cost is the greatest hindrance to higher education, And access to the resources Books2Africa provide has contributed towards that.
This project would not have been a success if not for books donated by Book2Africa. Results are unbelievable. And not only that, the whole school from Kindergarten to JSS 3 are reading during this period allocated. We greatly appreciate the books made available to us by Books2Africa. It is our hope to take this project in many rural schools in Ghana with support.
The students and teachers compete for the limited textbooks provided by the government and most times the teachers will prevail. A student can complete an entire academic year without ever accessing a textbook required for their learning subjects. In the midst of this scarcity of learning and instructional resources, Busesa community library is positioning itself as a hub that can provide the appropriate stock of books and online resources to aid learning for students and teachers in this community.
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 drama club has improved the reading and speaking skills as stories extracted from the books are used. Last year we recorded a good percentage of a pass in English language because of the Library.
The classroom environment which used to have pockets of noise-makers is now quiet. The learners are always quiet reading books for knowledge and pleasure. Unnecessary movement in the classroom is now a thing of the past and we no longer have bullies. The availability of the books has changed the classroom environment for the better hence beating the adage: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
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.