In Zambia today children with primary school education are often functionally illiterate. This issue can be addressed through the reading of books and access to on-line references. This past year, we built and supplied a new library following the donation of approximately 3,000 books. Through this grant we would like to improve our library to become a resource center of learning and technology.
We will do training of librarians and local teachers on how to use the internet as a resource. We expect they will be empowered to teach children the use of a library as well as the internet so that they are more effective as adults in the world today.
The Chikumbuso Library and Study Center is a gift of immeasurable price. What knowledge and insight may come out of this library may never be fully understood but we know that the books and technological fluency will open windows of the world to a community that may never have had that opportunity. Solitude of the mind that, due to poverty, might never otherwise have been addressed will no longer hold them back as they are introduced to cultures, sciences, and peoples all over the globe.