Girls Library

  • Education
  • Women & Gender
  • Tanzania
This project is led by Melissa Mattwig, a Volunteer from Ohio

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Many teachers at the local school have expressed their teaching challenges as a result of the school lacking books for A-Level because they cannot properly prepare students for national examinations without materials that follow the curriculum of the national examination council. Currently there are five school teachers. All the Ndwika teachers, including the Headmistress, met in April of 2019 to discuss the project, goals, timeline, answer questions from other teachers, request each department write a book list, and discuss ways the school can contribute to the project. The local girls secondary school is becoming an advanced-only school, however there are less than 10 advanced level books available for students. When school opens, there will be 200 more advanced students in addition to the current 60. This grant will be used to purchase books for the eight advanced level departments for when the new students arrive. All level teachers have contributed by writing book lists for each department. The community contribution will be the cost of materials and labor to build four new bookshelves, three additional tables, and twenty chairs.

Current test scores of students will be compared with the previous years of advanced level students to examine the increased capacity of students when advanced textbooks are available. It is anticipated the English use and competency will increase along with increased competency in each subject. The school has a library building with library leaders to monitor use and condition of the books and it will also use a portion of the annual student school fees to replace and repair a few books each year. This process should last for many years.

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