A summer reading camp took place in Béléhédé from September 22th through 27th. It was the last of a successful run of reading camps throughout the months of July, August and September in village libraries in Burkina. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to hold camps at all of the libraries this year. 2011 was the first year for a camp in Béléhédé, where the village library just opened in 2010. 25 kids 4th grade students were able to participate in the camp, where they received t-shirts and daily breakfasts and lunches. Each day was filled with activities geared toward helping them improve literacy skills for the upcoming school year. There were sessions of reading with a tutor, guided reading and silent reading as well as instruction by a primary school teacher and sessions about HIV/AIDS, gender, malaria and maternal health. Dounko, a FAVL animator who helped facilitate the camp, said, "At the beginning of the week, most of the kids didn't even know the alphabet. After a couple of days, they were able to recite the alphabet and put letters together to make syllables." The feedback from students and facilitators alike has been incredibly encouraging and we hope to be able to hold such successful camps during the vacation of 2012.
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