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Jun 26, 2019

Mobile library grounded for time due to insecurity

Mobile library garaged in Kaya
Mobile library garaged in Kaya

The mobile library has been unable to function for the past two months (may and June) due to a big increase in terrorist activity in the region. the mobile librarian is from Pissila, a village about 15 km from Kaya, and the village has seen several attacks. So the librarian has been unable to safely come to Kaya to work with the library. The FAVL team is in Kaya this week (June 24-26) planning for perhaps moving the mobile library to southwestern Burkina Faso.  We will keep donors to this project informed!

In other FAVL news:

The Kitengesa library in Uganda continues to thrive. This year a health reading camp was held for adult women, focusing on women’s cancer.  Another reading camp was held for teenagers, and a further women’s reading camp is planned for later in the year. The Kitengesa Library Band continues to practice and perform.

In Burkina Faso, we continue to support 34 community libraries. Terrorist activity in northern Burkina Faso unfortunately has meant that four libraries are temporarily closed due to danger (schools and administrative buildings are targets.)  For the libraries that are open, we continue to do the best we can to provide regular assistance to mayors and rural councils in managing the libraries, supply select libraries with new books, train librarians, and offer salary support for some of the librarians. We completed 22 summer reading camps last summer 2018, serving more than 550 4th and 5th graders. The 25 kids selected for each camp got a big injection of age-appropriate books, learned many new games, discussed hygiene tips, and made masks and comic books. We hope that many of them will become life-long readers.

In Ghana, our able partner organization CESRUD and its library coordinatorcontinue to manage the three libraries of Sumbrungu, Gowrie-Kunkua, and Sherigu. These libraries regularly receive 30+ visits a day. They are open for night reading, as they are now connected to electricity. Donors this year helped fix the fans (it gets to 110 degrees during the day!). After school reading programs were held in September and are planned for this summer. All three libraries received several hundred new books over the course of the year thanks to support from Biblionef Ghana.

Updates and lots of photos from all three countries are regularly posted to the FAVL blog.

Mobile library waiting new assignment!
Mobile library waiting new assignment!
BMP in action in April 2019
BMP in action in April 2019
BMP in action in April 2019 v2
BMP in action in April 2019 v2
Jun 25, 2019

Computer training session in Hounde

Supervising corrections on computer
Supervising corrections on computer

Translation of a report sent in French

The Multimedia Center of Houndé (CMH) hosted on 21 and 22 June 2019 a training of nine young women from Houndé, Karaba, Dohoun and Boni to computers. They had benefited from an earlier training during the month of May 2019. A month later, they all responded to the call to come to deepen their knowledge of these tools. The first day of June 21, 2019 as soon as they arrive in the morning, some were quickly put to the test by turning on the computer and began to practice typing. We observed during this beginning of the day exercises to enter a text with the application of the various elements (selected, put in bold, save, change the size and font of the text). In the afternoon, they were trained on the alignment of text, spacing, special characters and symbols and how to draw a table. The second day the girls each wrote a text from a book called: The activities of a good student. We made corrections and compilations of the texts and each entered a paragraph of the text on Word by applying the rules. It was a good typing exercise for them. It should be noted that at the beginning, most girls typed with one finger; but by dint of recalling them, we noticed the second day that they apply the typing of both hands with ease. They found that it is much faster. The rest of the second day saw the visit of the children's library in Houndé. They were welcomed by the manager. After the greetings and presentation, the manager invited them to visit the library. She presented her library and explained how it works. She invited the girls to read. She read aloud a book Afi and asked the girls to discuss. It was also an opportunity for the girls to visit the library's computer training room. They asked questions about how the library works. It should be noted that the librarian is an open, smiling and very welcoming manager. Back from the library, after lunch, we worked on the borders of pages and texts. And on each exercise for a few minutes. We finished the day with counseling. We encouraged them to continue learning the tool and to reassure them that the doors of the center are open for those who will be in Houndé and wish to practice. It is in this friendly atmosphere that we separated from the participants. It should be noted that these nine young women now master these basic elements of the computer tool. They can assist where needed.

The young women trained in the session
The young women trained in the session
Working on a text
Working on a text
Visiting the library of Hounde
Visiting the library of Hounde
Visiting the library of Hounde 2
Visiting the library of Hounde 2
May 30, 2019

Workshop being held in Hounde multimedia center

Mayor of Hounde with FAVL director Sanou Dounko
Mayor of Hounde with FAVL director Sanou Dounko

Between May 23 and 24, the multimedia center of Houndé is hosting a two-day workshop for 10 young women. The overall goals of the workshop are to strengthen writing and drawing skills and teach participants how to use basic software and e-mail. In addition to achieving these specific goals, the workshop also will encourage teamwork, the love of reading, female solidarity, and empowerment. The workshop will provide each participant with a notebook and a pen, and there will be two computers for the participants to share. The workshop will begin with a discussion of computer software’s importance in the world today and a basic overview of various computer functions. After lunch, the participants will learn how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, and then will spend three hours working in groups on a writing project in Word. For the last hour of the workshop, they will peer review each other’s work and propose design ideas for the next day. The second day of the workshop will begin with more practice on Word and Excel. After lunch, they will learn how to use Publisher. They will finish the workshop by putting their own texts from the day before on the software. The total budget for this workshop is 160,000F, about $300. This cost is split between meals, housing, notebooks, transportation, and instructors.

In other FAVL news in Burkina Faso, between May 16th to May 20th, the award ceremonies for the reading program “Leaders are Readers” took place in the Korsimoro, Kaya, Kongoussi, Sabcé, Rouko, Karaba and Boni libraries. This program was initiated by the library of the United States Embassy in Burkina Faso in collaboration with Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL). Its main objectives are to encourage students to frequent libraries and to read. This year, 274 students participated, their grades ranging from middle school to high school. During the three months of the program, participants were able to read at their own pace. The best reader of this year is a student of the 6th grade of Rouko County High School, and he read 265 books. Students were very appreciative and excited about the program at the award ceremonies.

Participants shared their thoughts on books they read:

  • Issaka in Korsimoro liked the book The Wind of Love by Joël Ouédraogo. The author discusses the behavior of schoolchildren who love each other and don’t listen to advice from their parents. As a consequence, they found themselves in messy situations.
  • Soungalo in Kaya loved the book  The Pieces of Wood of God by Sembene Ousmane. Through this book, he discovered that for a while African workers were paid poorly during construction work in Dakar. He believes that hard work should equal fair wages.
  • Monique in Karaba did not like the book Baba the Rapper Student by Koura K Sylvie. She believes that parents must take care of their children, and she was frustrated when Baba joined a bad crowd in high school, became a spoiled child, and ended up in jail.
  • Abdoul in Sabcé liked the book  The Academic Success of Becherou. The author tells the story of a student from a poor family who strives to be the first of his class among the children of rich families. This student held the head of his class during his first class of school and won all the high school awards. Abdoul said he felt personally encouraged after reading of the novel.
Reading club of Dohoun
Reading club of Dohoun
Reading in Karaba library
Reading in Karaba library
Readers are leaders award recipients
Readers are leaders award recipients
Young women at the computer May 24 2019
Young women at the computer May 24 2019
Participants in the workshop May 24 2019
Participants in the workshop May 24 2019
Seeing how computers work May 2019
Seeing how computers work May 2019
 
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