Sergio Madrid’s School Library Project helps Improve Literacy Levels for children and community members on Uripiv Island

By Peace Corps Vanuatu
April 26, 2018

Indeed, a success story for Sergio and his community to have finally completed the Urpiv School Madrid Library. 

According to Sergio ‘The Uripiv School and Community Library, now known as the Uripiv School Madrid Library, was upgraded to address climate change challenges and to improve literacy levels for the growing student population on Uripiv Island. The new structure will serve as a cyclone proof shelter where community members can find refuge in times of emergency during cyclone season. It is also equipped with materials that will keep it more ventilated throughout the extreme daily temperatures, making it more appropriate for children and community members to use on a daily basis. In addition to the library building, the school was also provided with a solar system capable of powering the new school printer and lights for the library. This system can also be further upgraded to support more lights for the school and other technological needs such a computer lab. As a result of the upgrades, teachers will spend less time writing on the board and more time teaching the students. The new and improved library will provide teachers, students, and community members with better access to books which will in turn help improve literacy levels in and outside the classroom on the Island.’ 

Uripiv School Madrid Library
Outside shot of the Uripiv School Madrid Library

The project had its challenges logistically and culturally but Sergio was determined to have the library completed. Challenges such as leaving his work in the classroom to help with the construction, getting materials purchased and shipped to the little island of Urpiv, at times the lack of community support and getting work done with minimal supervision was a challenge. Never the less, the building was completed and opened on the 17th of December 2017.

Fredlyn had the pleasure of attending on behalf of Peace Corps, ‘The opening of the completed Madrid Uripiv Library was a great joy to attend and the whole time I was sitting in my seat, I felt like getting up and dancing with the mamas because to me, it is a fantastic example of a very well managed project and a great coming-together for the community & PCV and strong leadership. There was great involvement of women in the committee, good community contribution, all labor provided for by the community and of course a resilient and determined Peace Corps Volunteer who saw it through from start to finish.

His commitment and motivation to get this library completed despite the difficult challenges is commendable and impressive. He has shown that passion, commitment, determination and strong communal ties will get the job done. We would like to congratulate you Sergio!

Thank you for your commitment to help Urpiv School access resources that will enhance the quality of their education and most importantly their learning experiences in literacy!

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