This project will refurbish a school library in a rural community in Malawi which was constructed in 2012. Officially opened by wife of US Senator Michael Enzi, Diana, the library lacks enough and appropriate reading materials for over 1000 learners at Chimvite Primary School. We also plan to modernize the library with foldable chairs/tables, computers, library software, Internet, and solar energy system; so as to fight child labor & improve attendance, completion & retention rates in the area
Chimvite Library and Teachers' Office Block Project started in January 2011. It was completed by December same year. Before the project started, there were many challenges like lack of offices for teachers and library where pupils could borrow reading materials. Despite CRIDOC mobilizing community to construct these, the library now remains critically under-resourced and insecure. Kids don't have the opportunity to learn using latest technology; there is high drop-outs & child labor increase.
Learners will make optimum use of the library by accessing materials. Since the library is too small for the large school population, kids will be able to borrow with help of the new library information system/software to properly track/manage all borrowed materials. The will be able to utilize the internet and other latest technology to access e-learning, thanks to the installation of internet and solar system. More kids will be inspired to leave farms & join school, hence reducing child labor.
Considering that statistics show lower (81%) primary school net attendance rate in rural Areas in Malawi than in urban areas ( 89%), the project will contribute towards the increase in attendance at Chimvete Primary School by 95%, with the introduction of the new technology being one of the factors (i.e. embedding fun learning). In addition, we also seek to increase primary school completion rate by 80% as a direct result of making appropriate learning materials available to all learners 24/7 .