The Library Project is dedicated to improving the quality of education that children receive at under-financed schools by providing two simple programs; Children’s School Libraries and Teacher’s Libraries. In 2015 we’ll be launching a third program, Braille Libraries.
Our Three Programs
Children’s School Libraries — We donate Children’s School Libraries to help improve children’s literacy. Through this program, students gain access to a beautiful school library providing fun and interesting children’s books that spark their imaginations and promote a lifelong love of reading. A Children’s School Library is a fun place where children can enjoy reading. Colorful tables, chairs, bookshelves, and posters decorate this “child friendly” area. Children’s books are a luxury to have in rural Asia and unfortunately are a rarity in many primary schools. Having fun, educational books easily available helps to encourage independent learning, intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong passion for reading.
Teacher’s Libraries — We donate teacher’s libraries to improve the quality of education at rural schools. Teachers gain access to educational resources that dramatically improves their school’s infrastructure and the quality of education they can provide their students. A Teacher’s Library consists of books on how to teach math, science, history and language, along with books on the arts, child psychology, physical education and nutrition. A Teacher’s Library provides teachers access to quality resources so that they can teach to their full potential.
Braille Libraries — Launching in the first half of 2015, our Braille Library Program will be our third program. Stay tuned!
Providing educational infrastructure in Asia is both challenging and rewarding; it takes planning, cultural competency, and logistical management to get the job done. With each of our programs, we involve teachers, children and as much as possible, the local community.. We do this though partnering with the local education board, local non-profits and NGOs and community leaders. It is critical to a library’s sustainability to get as many parties involved in its creation.
The Library Project conducts Teacher Training at every library donation. This helps ensure that our libraries are used on day one. Each of our programs has a 3-year comprehensive monitoring and evaluation phase that contains donor reporting. This provides our team the information needed to provide additional Teacher Training throughout the 3-year period and translates to children having access to beautiful books to read and teachers having access to the educational resources they need.