This programme provides resource-poor secondary schools in rural Uganda with a "micro-libary" filled with text and reference books. The children can access these books for homework and revision.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009
Our Development Centre in Kamuli houses a library allowing local students access to text and reference books, as well as a quiet, well-lit place to study. However our Book Box scheme reaches into the wider community giving rural schools a "micro libary" as few schools have the resources for a libary. Books are chosen by the Headteachers in line with the requirements of the Ugandan National Curriculum. Improved access to text and reference books will help these students, particularly as they prepare for the national exams. Schools which have been using the boxes for several years report an improvement in their grades. The cost of each box is approximately £450. This includes the provision of the box and books, training for the teachers in library use, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the books are being handled and looked after properly. We currently have 20 schools on our waiting list - a total cost of £9,000.
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