We are grateful to donors to this project over the past several months. As noted in the July report, we spend donations as they come in, once we get to about $100 of new donations. We are still not there yet, so we have currently not purchased books specifically for this project.
Late August 2019 did see the opening of a new library in Koho, in southerwestern Burkina Faso. This new library has an initial stock of about 300 books, mostly children's books purchased locally in Ouagadougou. We hope that in the coming months we can continue to purchase books for the library, which is already seeing good usage,
Another view of Koho library October 2019
Talk with kids in Koho school about the library
Sep 24, 2019
Working to bring mobile library to town of Hounde
By Michael Kevane - Director, West Africa
The BMP library in action in Kaya
The secruity situation in Burkina Faso has continued to worsen, and so FAVL is planning to bring the mobile library to the town of Houndé, per the previous report on the mobile library project (now called the Bibliothèque Mobile Pénélope). This planning is taking much longer than expected, primarily because the staff at the municipal council are very slow to finalize a partnership agreement. The partnership agreement is necessary for four reasons.
First, the mobile library is most effective when it visits schools, during reading time, recess, or immediately after school. That is when most readers are "willing and able" to spend time reading. Access to school yards requires some formal cooperation with the office of the mayor (the municipal council has some authority over schools) and also the regional ministry of education officials.
Second, the mobile library is highly visible in the town, and in case there are any "incidents" with the library (accidents, arguments), it is desirable to have the full support of the office of the mayor.
Third, for longer-term functioning of the mobile library, the mayor has indicated he would like a town employee to be the *animateur* who operates the mobile library, with FAVL contributing technically and financially. FAVL is in favor of this model!
Fourth, and prosaically, the courtyard of the council buildings is the safest place to park the mobile library, since it is always secure and have a night guard. So official permission is needed to park the mobile library there.
While we wait for the office of the mayor and the regional education ministray officials to authorize activities, we are replenishing the book stock of the mobile library, repainting the shelves, and doing regular maintenance on the tricycle. We hope to have the library operating early in the new school year, which starts October 6.
Hoping to see the BMP start in Hounde in October
Sep 24, 2019
Third computer training for 10 young women at multimedia center of Hounde July 20-21 2019
By Michael Kevane - Director, West Africa
Participants learning from each other
Translated from the French, from FAVL program manager Boué Alidou
The multimedia center of Houndé (CMH), in the interest of multiplying its activities to the benefit of the populations, held for the second time a training in use of computers. This second training was held for young women coming from the villages of Sara, Dohoun, Karaba and Houndé. Two tutors from the first training were there also. The participants received a lot of practical knowledge on the computer namely: "How to turn on, turn off, put in sleep and restart a computer, the role of the buttons of the keyboard". Participants touched each button to see the feature. The role of the right and left buttons of the mouse. Exercises for entering sentences and paragraphs of texts taken from CMH books. The women practiced typing and also how to select a word, a sentence and a text; change the size and font, save and save a version. They also learned how to create a folder and copy and paste. These activities were conducted under the guidance of the tutors who worked tirelessly to support the participants. We observed a good concentration of the participants during these two days of work at the end of which they also wrote a book by entering the text on the computer. The book is titled The lack of civility in schools. It will be corrected and printed for the benefit of the readers.
But compared to the first formation, we can note that the second one knew some divergences in particular:
Increase in the number of computers in the center. The FAVL Ouaga staff dispatched two computers for reinforcement. This made the job much easier and allowed all the participants to become familiar with the computer.
The participation of the tutors during the training was good
The level of participants was slightly below the first. A lot of emphasis has been put on the typing of words in Word software.
A first time to touch the computer buttons for half of the girls. Which led us to concentrate on many typing exercises.
We also promoted reading during the training. Each participant took a CMH book during her break to read a few paragraphs.
The training ended on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The participants received the advice of the staff to seize the opportunity when the time comes to deepen their knowledge of computers. It was a pleasure to have allowed these young people to achieve a good performance on the introduction to the computer in a spirit of sharing and camaraderie.