What is going on in FAVL Burkina Faso?

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  • Long conversation between Sanou Dounko and Michael Kevane via Skype on the production of photo books in the BBII project area.  The team is developing four new books, and we hope to have drafts of the books by next week.
  • Received and started to process two boxes of books sent from FAVL-US.
  • The team is hoping to have two new stagiares (paid interns) to help with library support.  Traoré Janvier and Siéni Dieudonné are the two guys.  Both claim to be enthusiastic readers.  We shall see!
  • Ouaga team continued to work on developing a budget and framework for reading camp to be held in a Ouagadougou school next week.
  • Librarians learning origami.... it all started with Kat Brand in Dohoun!
  • Animateur Hervé Boué led a session in the village library of Pensa on early marriage.  Supporting library role as a place for open discussion of issues important to teens.
  • Program officer Alidou Boué met with the mayor of Boni down in Tuy province, to continue work to get the library re-opened.  The mayor immediately went out with Alidou to meet the local education inspector to talk about having a teacher seconded for role of librarian.  Hopefully that will work out.
  • Alidou will continue with meetings with all the librarians of Tuy province.
  • The team is monitoring the security situation in Bam and Sanmatenga, where jihadist groups are threatening schools and teachers.  A worsening situation.

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Books, reading, and libraries relevant to Africa by Michael Kevane, co-Director of FAVL and economist at Santa Clara University.

Other contributors include Kate Parry, FAVL-East Africa director, FAVL Burkina Faso representative Koura Donkoui, FAVL Burkina Faso program manager Krystle Nanema, and FAVL friends Emilie Crofton and Elisee Sare.

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