Help 300 Students Learn to Read in Burkina Faso

 
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Oct 16, 2012

2012 edition of FAVL reading camps come to a close

Partner reading with Activities Coordinator
Partner reading with Activities Coordinator

Thanks to many generous donors, FAVL was able to host reading camps in 11 rural villages in Burkina Faso: Béréba, Sara, Dohoun, Karaba, Koumbia, Boni, Dimikuy, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam, Niankorodougou and
Béléhédé. Two hundred and seventy-five (275) total students at the CE2 and CM1 levels (3rd and 4th grade) participated in the camps. Twenty-five kids from local elementary schools were invited to participate in
each camp.

Activities lasted six days and ran from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the duration of the camp. A cook was locally hired in each village to prepare daily meals (breakfast and lunch) for the students. Every participant received a camp
T-shirt, which featured a scene of children reading and a slogan about the importance of reading. Facilitation teams included FAVL coordinators and librarians, elementary school teachers, library assistants and Peace Corps volunteers.

FAVL’s 2012 reading camps enabled 275 elementary school students to spend a week of their summer vacation receiving individual attention and specialized instruction to work on skills to help them succeed in school. Making sure the kids had fun was also important in order to show them that reading and writing are no just chores to be done at school but valuable skills they can enjoy for life. The facilitation teams were able to emphasize this through various activities and games including guided reading time, reading with partners or tutors, Word BINGO, spelling contests and drawing time.

With funds, FAVL were able to purchase notebooks, t-shirts and two daily meals (breakfast and lunch) for each student. Since part of the camps’ goal this year was also to teach kids about hygiene, we constructed a hand washing station from cheap and locally available materials at each library. Students were encouraged to wash their hands before and after each meal and after exiting the latrines. After the camp, the stations will stay at
the library to serve as a model to their communities. Each student also received a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home, and participated in a tooth brushing demonstration.

All parties benefited from their participation in reading camps: the librarians and coordinators learned new activities that they can continue to use at the libraries throughout the rest of the year; teachers learned new effective teaching techniques to take into the classroom; volunteers learned more about their adopted culture and got ideas for projects to bring to their own villages. Of course, the greatest benefit was toward the campers, who were given an educational, fun and diversified learning experience.

Reading UNICEF
Reading UNICEF's Bouba and Zaza series
Reading with the librarian
Reading with the librarian

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Jul 16, 2012

2012 Reading Camps Fully Funded!!

School supplies we will be using for the camps
School supplies we will be using for the camps

The 2012 edition of FAVL's summer reading camps will kick off on July 23rd. The participants were chosen through a lottery system at local schools. The guides have been updated with new activities and improvements from last year's camps. Questionnaires have been prepared for the participants. We're all set to go! Thanks to many generous donations and some fundraising events, we were able to get depass the money that we sought, which means we will be able to purchase even more materials to make the reading camps great. We are going to be able to hold camps at all 12 libraries for 300 fourth grade students. The money was used to buy school supplies such as notebooks, pen, colored pencils and erasers that they will use for various activities during the camps. We were also able to buy supplementary materials to hold demonstrations on dental cleaning powders and anti-mosquito creams made from cheap local materials. We were also able to get the funds to build permanent handwashing stations at each library that will be there after the camps are over to encourage hygiene in the library communities as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste to each of the camp participants. The reading materials we will be using include two books from a series called Bouba and Zaza, produced by UNICEF. The series is culturally and developmentally appropriate, and so we were able to easily incorporate them into our activity plans. We were able to purchase 25 copies each of 2 books: one about household dangers (electrical sockets, plugs, knives, fire) and respecting water. All of the donations that we received have enabled us to purchase a lot of materials that make reading camps possible AND successful. So thank you to you all for helping the 2012 edition of FAVL's reading camps!

A winner at one of our fundraising events
A winner at one of our fundraising events
Dounko at 2011 camp with Bouba and Zaza
Dounko at 2011 camp with Bouba and Zaza

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Apr 16, 2012

Camp Organization Underway!

Learning how to read the alphabet
Learning how to read the alphabet

We're working on organizing the camps for the 2012 season. Progress has been slow but steady. The timeline for the camps has been worked out, and the first will in Béréba from July 23 to July 28, and they will continue at all 12 of our libraries until September 29. So the next six months will be very busy. We have worked out the schedule for this year. This year, a special focus will be put on books and activities that focus on hygiene and health: handwashing, tooth-brushing, malaria, HIV/AIDS, dysentery and treating wounds. Money donated will go to buying books on these topics and supplies to for our reading activities (including toothpaste, toothbrushes, local ingredients to make anti-mosquito cream). So far we have collected about a third of the money that we need to run all 12 of the camps. But there's still time to donate to help 300 children in the Sahel learn how to read!

Girls reading
Girls reading
Anti-Mosquito Cream with Neem Leaves
Anti-Mosquito Cream with Neem Leaves

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