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Report on the vacation classes organized by Cesrud/FAVL Ghana

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Paul Ayutoliya writes;
About Cesrud/Favl ongoing vacation classes for the first week so far, the attendance and performance in terms of how the children are picking up on how to read are just very impressive and lovable in all the three libraries. The children and young adults this time round have developed a good habit towards the libraries hence the greater numbers coming always to the library for the classes. I have had several engagements with the head teachers and teachers of the basics schools around the libraries any time I visit the respective libraries, I have asked them to always encourage their pupils to visit the libraries especially when they are going for vacation, some have indeed taking this request from me back to their pupils hence the good numbers this time round. The librarians also have played key roles leading to the good patronage we have this time round; they went to the surrounding schools during my absence in Accra and reminded pupils about the classes. The libraries since we started have really been interesting places the children desire to be at. The fun and joy in reading with peers just keep these young and little ones coming in their good numbers to the respective libraries. The ampe game, the ludu game puzzles and now the Oware that have been added with more ludos to the games in the libraries attracts more of these children. Motivations sometimes in the form of candies and biscuits to these young ones are just enough to keep them coming to read with friends.  To conclude on this brief write up, the classes are really do a lot in helping children read more of the stories books in the libraries. We are hopeful, the coming days or weeks, more will be joining the classes.

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Camp de lecture à Sebba

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Abel écrit:

Deuxième jour du camp : les campeurs  ont répondu encore présent, avec le même 20170815_080636 (2).jpgenthousiasme et l'envie d'apprendre encore plus. Les campeurs ont observés une minute de silence à la mémoire des victimes de l'attaque dans un café au centre de Ouagadougou avant le début des activités.
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Camp de lecture à Sebba: séance de lecture individuelle

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Le camp de lecture de Sebba a bien débuté ce matin à la
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bibliothèque.  Les campeurs, au nombre de vingt cinq (25), très enthousiastes sont en pleine séance de lecture individuelle. 
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Camp de lecture à la bibliothèque de Sebba

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Une équipe de FAVL présente à Sebba pour l'animation du camp de lecture qui se tiendra du20170813_150152 (2).jpg 14 au 18 Aout 2017 a rendu une visite de courtoisie  à la famille de la donatrice de la bibliothèque, Salimata Cissé. L'équipe composée de Sawadogo Abel, chargé de programme et de Sieni Dieudonné, assistant de programme a été reçu par Hama Amadou, frère de la donatrice. Ce fut une occasion pour nous de remercier cette famille pour leur engagement dans la promotion de la lecture dans la commune de Sebba. Hama Amadou à remercié l'équipe pour cette visite et formulé des bénédictions à l'endroit de FAVL. Il a montré un intérêt pour la lecture et encourager FAVL de sa mission de promotion de la lecture. Il a terminé en souhaitant un très bon camp et un séjour agréable à l'équipe.20170813_162851 (2).jpg Quelques temps avant cette visite de courtoisie, l'équipe a tenu une rencontre préparatoire avec tous les intervenants au camp de lecture dans l'enceinte de la bibliothèque. Le rôle de chacun a été clairement expliqué et le matériel a été passé en revue. Tout est donc fin prêt pour un camp réussi.
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Paul Ayutoliya writes:

CESRUD/FAVL community's libraries started vacation classes on 7th August 2017 in all the three respective libraries. On the opening Monday, all three libraries recorded a good number of pupils/students taking part. Participants who are mostly basic pupils were on the first day taken through general reading of some selected story books in the respective libraries; this was to help librarians know the reading ability of each participant in order to cater for each and everyone.

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At the Sumbrungu Community library, officially welcoming patrons to Library and particularly this year vacation classes, I touched briefly on CESRUD/FAVL community libraries, the mission and vision of these libraries (this was so because most patrons were coming for their first time). I shared briefly also with patrons my recent visit to Accra and Jordan-Nu library, challenging patrons to actively participate in every activity of reading and/or learning and perhaps others that will be taking place throughout the classes if they also want to tour different parts of the country and beyond.

We read the story of David's Day at the Mine by Deborah Cowley with photos by Kathy Knowles, and Little stories for Little Ears and Good Conduct by Osei Kwadwo, I read aloud for patrons to read after me. It was all excitement and fun as participants took turns in reading on their own for their friends to read after them. Some could read well while others were struggling to read just one page of each story book. The first day they all sat together in the library hall for the start of the classes. We break for 15 minutes to stretch before we continued our reading for the day. They all took part in reading and answering questions from the stories we read on day one. At 2pm we closed for the day.

We continued the classes on the second day trying to finish one of the story books; David's Day at the Mine. David's day at the Mine is a story about mining in a town called Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana. David Ansah was narrating his life story after having worked in the mine for most of his life. The story goes like this;  "My name is David Ansah. For most of my life I have worked in a gold mine. My wife's name is Hannah, she looks after our provision store and sells porridge. We have four children. We live in Tarkwa, a town in the Western Region of Ghana. Tarkwa has one of the largest gold mine in the nation and ....."

We were later on in the day joined by the Executive Director of CESRUD/FAVL Ghana, Mr. Rex Asanga who came to see how the vacation classes were going on. He was very happy seeing the young and little ones in their good numbers taking part in the classes this time round. He arrived when I was sharing a story of The Reward of Labour with participants, I had wanted to pause so that we can welcome him but he signaled me to continue with the story, he took some few photos before addressing the pupils. Mr. Rex spent some time with us encouraging and advising pupils to learn hard at all times, he asked pupils to try as much as possible and always read at least two story books in a week. This he said will help them to be able to speak good English, and pass their Exams well o enable them move to the next stage in their academic life with ease. He cited examples of two Senior High School students who have distinguished themselves in the recent released WASSCE results. One of them is Akannae Ayine Ebenezer who completed the Navrongo Senior High School with 8As in all the subjects he studied. Ebenezer hails from Sumbrungu and was able to set this great record, his record shows that Ebenezer was a serious student studying all times. Director said to pupils, they can equally pass well in their Exams as Mr. Ebenezer did, if they will read a lot of books at all time and avoid unnecessary loitering around the market place during nights. He ended by wishing participants well in the classes, and said from time to time, he will be coming around to see how they are progressing in the classes.

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I finished up the story with participants before we closed for the second day. It rained this second day but pupils for the love of the classes defied the rain and came for the classes.

On the third day at the Sumbrungu library, we had to divide users in three different groups due to their numbers and according to their reading abilities. The JHS students sat in one of the summer hut close to the women meeting hall. They were working through mathematics on two set problem, and science by Mr. Gabriel Ayadago a volunteer assistant helping us in the classes.  The other summer hut close to the library was occupied by upper primary pupils who mostly could read well, these pupils were taken care of by Akundikiya Olivia, a caretaker of the Women center. They read the story "Mumaizu and the Hippos" by Kathy Knowles. In the library hall, the lower primary and nursery children were occupied there. The librarian Mr. Timothy takes care of these little ones. He continued with the story of David's Day at the Mine with these little ones. The classes have so far been great with numbers increasing everyday in all the libraries.

On the same third day, after reading the story, questions were asked from the story for participants to answer. They did well by answering almost all the questions asked. The JHS pupils were given exercise which was marked out of ten and upon the assessment; there was a significant improvement in the marks they got. After the exercise, they were taught Integrated Science and Information and Communication Technology on the topics Metals and Non-metals and basic components of the computer respectively.

At the Sherigu Community Library, the vacation classes also begun on a similar note with a general reading on the first and second day, on the story of Otu Goes to Sea by Noreen Mian with photos by Kathy Knowles. Pupils/ students came in their good numbers for the classes, many of whom I spoke with when I visited them on the third day said they want to improve upon their reading abilities, they believe they can read on their own after participating in the classes among other good reasons hence their presence in their numbers.

As I mentioned above, I visited the Sherigu community library on the third day to monitor and supervised how the classes were faring. I was overwhelmed when I got to the library, a good number of mostly basic pupils/students have full up the library, they were seen busy taking part in reading different kinds of story books. The librarian had it tough handling patrons due to their great numbers by my observations. They read Welcome Dede, Believe in yourself and Diana the Hairdresser Learns to Read. I spent some time with patrons examining them of the story books they have read so far, most of them were able to answer the question asked. I officially welcomed patrons to this year's vacation classes and assured them that we will do all in our capacity to help them to able to read and/ or learn well. I share some candies I went with to patrons. They were very happy for the candies and thanked me for the gift.

From the Sherigu library, I proceeded to the Gowrie Community library to also see how the classes were going on so far. The librarian was also busy reading with patrons the story of Fati and the Soup Pot the time I got there. Some few other patrons were busy fixing puzzles and others also played the ludu game after the group reading with the librarian. I spoke to patrons to try as much as possible and read or learn well during the classes, they need to pay attention to the librarian when he reading and ask questions when they don't understand anything. I officially welcome patrons to this year vacation classes and assured them that we will do our best in assisting them to be able to read and read well. I encouraged patrons to keep coming for the classes with their friends and ensured that they benefit out of this year's classes. I shared candies to patrons to in a way motivate them.

Echos des bibliothèques N°22

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La revue mensuelle d'information des bibliothèques est disponible. Vous trouverai des informations sur les bibliothèques et les activités du staff FAVL au Burkina Faso.
Echos des bibliothèques N°22.pdf

Rapport du camp de lecture de Korsimoro, Burkina Faso

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Guy Roland Hema écrit:

Camp de lecture_Korsimoro.JPGLe camp de lecture de Korsimoro  s'est déroulé du 17 au 21 juillet 2017. Mais comme à l'accoutumée, avant la tenue effective, l'équipe s'est rencontrée pour convenir du rôle et des tâches de chacun.  Le jour J très tôt, avant 7heures, les premiers campeurs  se sont signalés. Ce résultat est à mettre surtout à l'actif de Monsieur Ouédraogo Natérina, directeur de l'école Centre ''A '' et aussi maître accompagnateur. Ce dernier a eu la brillante idée de réunir quelques jours avant le début du camp, les parents ainsi que les élèves choisis par tirage au sort. De manière générale le niveau  en lecture des enfants était satisfaisant. Les 25 participants (soit 13 filles et 12 garçons) se sont montrés désireux d'apprendre de nouvelles choses. Il s'agit notamment de petites compétitions que l'on organisait à leur endroit :

  • Classer en moins d'une minute les lettres de l'alphabet pour écrire le mot tiré au sort pour scorer pour son groupe
  • Lire un court texte en respectant (ponctuation, liaison, prononciation correcte) pour marquer des points pour son groupe
Au cours, des séances de créativité  comme le dessin, certains élèves se sont particulièrement illustrés notamment Sawadogo Hadaré CM1, avec des dessins de talent. Le riche chronogramme des activités s'est déroulé de façon satisfaisante pour le grand bonheur des participants quand bien même 2 participantes (Nafissatou et Mamounata) ont connu quelques soucis de santé dus au paludisme. La clôture du camp s'est soldée par la présence de plus d'une dizaine de parents d'élèves venus pour découvrir de visu ce que les enfants ont fait et vécu pendant ces 5 jours, encourager les participants et remercier l'équipe d'animation. Leur derniers mots se sont résumés à la pérennisation de ces cadres d'éveil et d'apprentissage pour les enfants des communes.

Au cours de ces camps de lecture édition 2017, l'accent a été particulièrement mis sur l'animation par les bibliothécaires. Il s'est agi pour eux de pratiquer ce qu'ils ont reçu comme connaissances voilà bientôt deux années, sous l'œil attentif de l'animateur principal. Certains bibliothécaires se sont particulièrement lancés à cœur joie dans cette aventure tandis que d'autres se sont montrés un peu timides. Ne dit-on pas que c'est en forgeant que l'on devient forgeron !

Cesrud/Favl librarian meeting in Sumbrungu, Ghana

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Paul Ayutoliya writes:

Cesrud/Favl staff met yesterday 4th August 2017, at Sumbrungu Community Library. The meeting was held under one of the Summer huts near the Women's meeting hall. The meeting was to enable me to share with librarians experiences and lessons  from my recent visit to Accra and Jordan-Nu, to distribute the books I came with from Accra, and to also touch on the vacation classes starting Monday.

lib meeting.JPGI shared with librarians, the libraries I visited  whiles in Accra, their activities and programs, lessons I learnt from the libraries. Some of the lessons from the visit: we need to meet often as possible as librarians ourselves and also learn how to read and communicate effectively in order to be able to cater for the children or young patrons visiting the libraries effectively. I reiterated the need to always appear neat and smartly dress in our roles as librarians, the librarians all in those libraries I visited were neatly and smart in appearance. Being time conscious about work is a necessity, regular group reading and story time with patrons, games and other libraries activities are vital in the discharge of our duties, thoroughly cleaning of the libraries, dusting of books and shelves and the environs need to be carried out at least once in a week. Proper record keeping of patrons visiting the libraries. Prime among the lessons we need to read read and read as librarians on every material we laid our hands on and try to always make something positive out of it, that's the only way we can move ahead wherever we found ourselves. I touched on my brief meeting with Nii Parkes to the librarians and others whiles in Accra.

On the the vacation classes starting on Monday 7th August, I told librarians we will use the first day for what I termed general reading, from the general reading we will be able to identify those having weakness in reading and those who can read somewhat better, doing this will help us focus more  attention on patrons having weakness in reading. Perhaps if the number of patrons having difficulty in reading is large we can group them separate (this will need assistance). We are hopeful of getting volunteers to aid the librarians. This will help us effectively measure the performance or impact of the classes at the end of the vacation classes. The librarians on their part requested for games such as ludo, oware, scrabble, bingo, football, and others perhaps, so that during break time from the classes, patrons can play and get back to continue with reading. The libraries indeed as it stand now lack games, games as we know also play key roles in library patronage. And so Cesrud/Favl libraries are requesting for games to enable us keep or increase the number of patrons visiting the libraries even after the vacation classes.

goodconduct sm.JPGVery important, I informed librarians of our next novel that we will  reading and discussing along;  Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey.  We spent some time during the meeting reading one of the new books I came with title Good Conduct. We undertook this exercise to see how effective the librarians themselves read.  I distributed the one hundred and eleven (111) books I came back with from Accra to librarians

Sieni écrit:

KOURA Zenimi front cover petit.jpgLors de mon passage à Béréba pour la mission du 20 au 23 Juillet 2017, j'ai pu approcher Koura Zama et Koura Zénimi pour avoir leurs sentiments, la signification qu'ils ont chacun eu après la réalisation des livres photos sur eux et recueillir leurs recommandations. A la question de savoir quels sont ses sentiments, Zénimi s'est dit satisfait et comblé quant à la réalisation de ce bref roman sur son parcours et que grâce à cet ouvrage ceux qui ne le connaissaient pas suffisamment peuvent maintenant avoir de plus amples informations sur son passé. Il est de bons augures et simple à lire. Sur le sens qu'il donne à ce livre, il s'en réjouit à plus d'un titre, car pour lui l'écrit vaut mieux que la tradition orale : «  avec l'oralité que nous aimons pratiquer il est plus facile de faire des omissions en retraçant le passé de quelqu'un. » L'écrit pour lui est une mémoire collective, source de savoirs. «  Nous devons inéluctablement tendre vers la culture de l'écrit. » a-t-il ajouté. En ce qui concerne ses recommandations il préconise la multiplication de ces ouvrages pour permettre aux ressortissants de la localité de conserver le passé de certaines personnes qui ont utilement vécu.

Le Conducteur des Présidents front cover petit.jpgKoura Zama, lui s'est dit très ému quand il vu le livre. Il estime que cette œuvre est la preuve pour lui qu'il peut rester dans la mémoire des futures générations pendant longtemps même après sa mort qui est le voyage le plus sûr. En ce qui concerne la signification qu'il en donne, il m'a confié que sans ce livre, il est des gens qui ne le connaissaient pas suffisamment et qu'à travers cela, les plus jeunes pour lui sauront se faire une idée de ce qu'il a été pour la société et pour la nation entière. Quant aux éventuelles recommandations, il demande que le livre soit fait en plusieurs exemplaires pour que les gens puissent s'en procurer et en disposer à la maison, attendu que de nombreuses personnes préfèrent en posséder pour eux-mêmes à domicile. Il a aussi demandé que cela soit fait pour d'autres  citoyens de la région.

Le rapport d'activités du mois de juin de Zebret Moumini, gérant de la bibliothèque communautaire de Bougounam dans la province du Zondoma parvint à la représentation nationale.  Il fait mention de la sortie de 90 livres dont 5 de la littérature anglaise, 28 de celle française et 54 livres de la littérature française. En outre, pour ce qui concerne la fréquentation, il signale avoir enregistré 445 visiteurs parmi lesquels figuraient, au premier rang les élèves au nombre de 394 dont 200 filles et 194 garçons, et en seconde position les adultes au nombre de 51 dont 39 femmes et 12 hommes.  En plus il a pu organiser une séance de dessin au choix, de lecture guidée et de conte, respectivement aux dates du 18, 19, 21 Juin à l'adresse de la frange jeune, les élèves des écoles primaires. La première activité, en date du 18 a regroupé au total 24 écoliers dont 14 filles et 10 garçons pour séance de dessin au choix. C'est une séance d'une trentaine de minutes dans la matinée qui a beaucoup intéressé ces élèves qui y ont pris part parce que certains d'entre eux ont demandé à y revenir avec l'autorisation des parents qui ont besoin de leur coup de main au champ. A la deuxième activité il a pu réunir 14 élèves, tous de la classe du C.E.1 (9 filles et 5 garçons) pour une lecture guidée sur le livre « Sibani ». Elle a révélé que ces jeunes élèves éprouvaient des difficultés à faire une bonne lecture du fait de la non maitrise des syllabes. Enfin une activité de contes a été faite le 21 du même mois pour donner l'occasion aux volontaires de s'exercer oralement. Cette activité a intéressé 18 élèves (8 garçons et 10 filles) de la classe du C.E.1.

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

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