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Les camps de lecture de Dablo et Pensa au Burkina Faso

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Des campeurs de Pensa.JPGRapport sur les camps de Dablo et Pensa
par Guy Roland Hema, FAVL
par Guy Roland Hema
par Guy Roland Hema, FAVL
Les camps de Dablo et Pensa se sont déroulés successivement du 12 au 16 juin et du 19 au 23 juin.
Les 25 participants ont répondu présent lors de la première journée, preuve que de la préparation en amont par le staff, les bibliothécaires et animateurs Crs a porté fruit. Il faut même signaler que le nombre des remplaçants avoisinait celui des titulaires, signe que les camps de lecture créent beaucoup d'engouement chez les scolaires pendant les vacances. Les 2 premières journées, les enfants se montrent un peu timides avant de participer activement et joyeusement dès la troisième journée. Toutes les activités ont été menées avec plus d'aisance et de professionnalisme. Ce sont des enfants qui, tout le long du camp ont vraiment appris en s'amusant, en passant par le sport matinal, l'animation, les chansons, les différents jeux ludiques avec les lettres de l'alphabet, les dablo.JPGsensibilisations et évidemment la lecture par plaisir... Une innovation pour cette année est à saluer avec l'introduction du thème sur les dangers de la fréquentation des sites d'orpaillage, que les campeurs ont suivi avec attention. Le partenaire, à travers le staff de Crs, notamment Mme Rouamba, M.Bokoum, M.Ilboudo, a fait l'effort d'assister voire participer à tous les camps, preuve d'une belle collaboration. La communauté éducative (inspecteurs,enseignants,APE), la chefferie, les femmes mentor nous ont aussi fait l'honneur de marquer cette activité par leur présence et ont prodigué leurs remerciements à l'équipe et leurs conseils aux participants. Bonne suite aux prochains camps de lecture, édition 2017. 

(Photo en bas: De gauche à droite, le chef Mossi et le chef Foulcé venus encourager les campeurs de Dablo!)

Le camp de lecture de Bourzanga!

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Bourzanga.JPGLa bibliothèque communale de Bourzanga a connu pendant la période du 19 au 23 juin 2017 un camp de lecture. Cette  activité s'inscrit dans le programme de BEOOGO BIIGA II et FAVL qui, chaque année contribue à l'amélioration du niveau de lecture de 25 élèves de la classe de CM1 allant au CM2. Nous avons entamé nos activités avec les 25 participants ; 15 filles et 10 garçons. Plusieurs activités ont été menées durant ce camp. Le test de lecture individuelle. Chaque participant est passé lire les petits paragraphes. Le tableau de niveau du test de lecture allait du plus faible au plus fort. C'est-à-dire de la lettre A à la lettre K. A l'issu de ce test de lecture, nous avons remarqué que les participants avaient un niveau assez bon ; niveau H, I, J. Quatre participants avaient le niveau B. Les différentes séances de lecture ont permis de corriger les lacunes et par des exercices de syllabation et les jeux d'alphabet à partir des bouts de papier. Cela a eu des effets positifs ; 3 participants de niveau B ont pu à la fin du camp atteindre le niveau E ; trois participants du niveau I sont passés au niveau J.
Les campeurs ont eu également des séances de lecture de la bande dessinée. Ils ont appris qu'est-ce qu'un livre de bande dessinée et comment lire la bande dessinée. A la fin du camp, ils ont écrit leur bande dessinée expliquant l'importance de la lecture.

Les séances de sensibilisations sur le paludisme, la diarrhée, la dysenterie et le lavage des mains ont eu beaucoup de succès. Les participants ont écouté avec intérêt la lecture du livre Mariam le moustique. Ils ont bien répondre aux questions mais les méthodes de prévention leurs n'étaient pas assez connues. Un résumé a été fait à la fin de l'activité pour mieux éclairer les participants. Le livre Issaka est malade a été lu pour leurs éclairer les modes de prévention de la diarrhée, la dysenterie et l'importance de lavage des mains. Les posters sur le lavage des mains leurs ont été présentés avec des explications des différents étapes pour une bonne hygiène des mains.

Les participants ont reçu des explications sur importance de la bibliothèque et l'entretien des livres. Ils comptent désormais fréquenter la bibliothèque qui est un lieu de réussite et bien entretenir les livres.  Les contes, charades et les histoires drôles ont suscité de l'animation pendant le camp. Les jeux de bingo, l'alphabet et jeux de calcul mental n'ont pas été en restent. Les campeurs se sont bien amusés à travers  ces activités éducatives. Ils ont également appris ce que s'est un masque et un collier ; chaque participants a fabriqué un masque et un collier en papier. L'on peut noter la visite de Pascaline Rouamba de CRS à Bourzanga. Elle est venue encourager les campeurs et participer aux activités. L'animateur de CRS à Bourzanga nous a aussi accompagnés tout le long du camp. La clôture du camp de Bourzanga a observé la présence des parents venus encourager les enfants à la lecture et féliciter les animateurs. Des conseils d'encouragement aux enfants ont mis fin à ce camp.

Résumé de livre le vent de l'amour

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Dounko écrit

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Le vent de l'amour est un roman de Joël Ouédraogo. Ce jeune burkinabé nous fait vivre une histoire d'amour très émouvante. Il nous raconte son amour avec une jeune fille appelée Samiratou qu'il a rencontré une nuit sous une pluie et dont il tomba amoureux. Les deux jeunes décidèrent de vivre cet amour malgré la désapprobation de leurs parents. Les nouveaux amoureux concentrés désormais à la vie amoureuse ne mettent plus du sérieux dans leurs études. Nonobstant les conseils des parents, Joël choisit d'engrosser la jeune Samiratou afin de la posséder seul et définitivement.
Finalement, le temps a eu raison d'eux ce qui poussa Samiratou à avorter sans le consentement de Joël. L'avortement se compliqua et Samiratou perdit ses organes génitaux ce qui la rend désormais incapable de concevoir. Elle décida donc de se suicider pour permettre à Joël de se refaire une nouvelle vie.
Après la lecture dudit roman, je le recommande à tous les jeunes lecteurs en général et en particulier aux jeunes lycéens de le parcourir avec beaucoup de curiosité. Il est aussi intéressant que les frasques d'Ebinto de Amadou Koné.

Coordinator Paul Ayuloiya summarizes some of the final chapters:

tailbluereading.JPGOur discussion continues from Yawda to Menada the last chapter of the book.  Kayo returned with Garba to Sonokrom after furious and corrupt Inspector Donkor demanded what he called CSI-style report with international implications for his selfish parochial interest. Kayo was admired by the people of Sonokrom for the respect he accorded to their customs and norms when he first arrived in the village. The people of Sonokrom offered him the necessary assistance when he was in need of any information. Though an expert in forensic science, Kayo understood that there are higher truth that sometimes leaves scientific knowledge far behind. Inspector Donkor and his cohorts will never acknowledge something like this rather they are interested in results with their unscrupulous ways of investigation; no wonder his men ended up getting nothing from their investigation.

tailbluereading 2.JPGWe discover in our discussions that when Kayo returned the second time, he first met with Oduro the village spiritualist who was standing not far from the Tweneboa tree. Oduro welcome Kayo and Garba back to their village.  After exchanging greetings, Kayo told Oduro that he wanted to talk about Kofi Atta. Worthy of note in the tale is the Tweneboa tree; we discover that this tree is at the center of the village where the villagers meet often to talk about matter of interest. We wonder if this tree is not associated with the ancestors of Sonokrom. Oduro took Kayo and Garba to Opanyin Poku who was already at Madam Akosuo Darko the palm wine seller's place taking his palm wine (don't forget that Opanyin Poku does not joke with his palm wine). Oduro told Opanyin Poku that his friends here want to talk about Kofi Atta. Opanyin Poku after finding out what they want to know about Kofi Atta spoke to Kayo and Garba about who Kofi Atta was.  Opanyin Poku talking to Kayo and Garba said he knows Kofi Atta well, but his character is bad, it doesn't take long for him to get angry. Opanyin Poku added Kofi Atta was a cocoa farmer; he was married, his wife died and his daughter left. He did not have friends; not good friends. Opanyin Poku in explaining further said Kofi Atta's wife gave birth to a daughter, Mensisi. After the birth, the old ladies came and whisper to Kofi Atta that in his hut that the wife have given birth to a daughter, he just took off after hearing that news to celebrate with palm wine without knowing that the wife have pass on after given birth. When news later on got to Kofi Atta that the wife have pass on, he cried for several days and nights not wanting to even look at the sky for many months. Yaa Somu, Kofi Atta mother-in-Law with others people advice Kofi Atta to stop mourning the dead and take care of the living (his daughter whom he is yet to see). Mensisi was with the mother in law for a year after his father Kofi Atta came for her. When Mensisi first came, Kofi Atta was seen everywhere with his daughter to the surprised of most people for the love and care he seems to have for this girl. It was not so long when Kofi Atta started beating Mensisi mercilessly at all times, he was advice by many including Mensisi mother-in-law to stop the cruel beatings meted out to Mensisi. But Kofi Atta will not listen to any one, Mensisi really suffers the unexplainable beatings in the hands of his father to the point that the men in the village threaten to kill him (Kofi Atta) the next time he lays his hands on Mensisi. Mensisi have lost three pregnancies for James her husband due to the terrible beatings from his father. Mensisi mother-in-law (Yaa-Somu) who could no longer contained Kofi Atta's irresponsibility and cruel behavior, invoke a curse on Kofi Atta. The curse was that anytime Mensisi conceives, Kofi Atta will lose or reduce twelve years in his age but will still be of the same mind as an adult to understand how it feel to be under the mercy of someone else. It then meant anytime Mensisi conceives, Kofi Atta's punishments or woos will normally begins. Kofi Atta was beating Mensisi one day and before I (Opanyin Poku ) could get there, there came a very young muscular man from the forest entering Kofi Atta's hut, it was Mensisi first child that she delivered dead as a results of the father's cruel beatings that returned as a young man to protect the mother. Kofi Atta started looking young; thinking he was handsome he tried dating women from the next village but the reality struck on him when the second and third children arrived, Kofi Atta was drastically reduced to an unexplainable thing, producing the strong stench in his own hut. Opanyin Poku said but for the police and the other experts, the villagers would have dealt with that thing (remains) under Kofi Atta hut their own way.

Kayo after hearing the true story of Kofi Atta from Opanyin Poku also spoke to Opanyin on police matters, and what he need to say in case the police came and want to interview him.
 Kayo and Opanyin seems to just agree on these Ivory Coast people just to satisfy inspector Donkor's need for a CSI report with international implications.   The Inspector finally arrived in Sonokrom with his convoy, after going the report presented by Kayo in a CSI Style; he granted an interview to the press that came with him in a very arrogant manner claiming credit for himself and taking many photographs. But guess what, that was not the true story or revelation of what was found under Kofi Atta's hut, Kayo knew the actual truth. He (inspector Donkor) later on even wanted to kill Kayo claiming he know too much about the investigation and yet refusing to be appointed as head of BNI. He was not ashamed mentioning that he have been in the Service for a long time hence he know how to commit a crime (kill Kayo) and cover it up.  Luckily on the part of Kayo, Sergeant Mintah had removed the bullets from inspector's Donkor pistol, don't forget Kayo first thought Mintah was an enemy, little did he know that this Sergeant Mintah would be of help and perhaps save his life one day. Kayo escape through the forest back to Sonokrom, and told Opanyin all that had happen.

tailbluereading 3.JPGWaoow! What a society we live in, Nii Ayikwei Parkes have exposed us and many others who have read this book the kind of societies we live today; we live in societies where most people at the top hates the truth rather results is what they are interested, some are never ready to accept that there is more to book knowledge. Respect and humility are greater weapons in unearthing whatever one wants or need to know.

We had our discussions on the final chapters of the book at Sherigu and the Gowrie libraries; I went with the sumbrungu Librarian to Sherigu and to Gowrie Libraries for our final discussions yesterday the 21st of June 2017. On our way back from Gowrie library, we stop by one small forest on the way full of beautiful rocks to listen to the many birds too that was there singing their songs and also have a feel of the forest breeze.

Overall we are very glad reading this book, and would recommend it as something quite different, enjoyable and provoking to do more thinking. I am hoping to see this man ( Nii Ayikwei Parkes)  soon and perhaps clear our doubts on some of the happenings in the tale.

Quiz competition for students at Sumbrungu Community Library

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Paul Ayutoliya writes:

P1070053 sm.JPGCESRUD/FAVL Ghana in collaboration with head teachers and teachers of two surrounding schools (St. Charles Lwanga JHS and Dazongo JHS) to the Sumbrungu Community Library organized a quiz competition for students of these schools last Friday the 16th of June 2017. The quiz competition took place at the Sumbrungu Women Meeting hall due to the huge numbers of participants; the students were numbering up to 300 and above with their teachers also about 20 in number. St. Charles Lwanga JHS presented three contestants; two boys, one girl, Dazongo JHS on the other side presented the same two boys and one girl making also three contestants for the quiz competition.

P1070081 sm.JPGBefore the start of the quiz, I (Paul) was asked to give a welcome address and also tie in the importance of library usage to pupils/students. In delivery my welcome address, I touch briefly on the rationale for the establishment of the community libraries and the need for pupils/students to patronize the libraries. I told students that they need to read at all times because that is the only way that will help them laid a good foundation for their future. I touch on the activities that we undertake in the library; vacation classes, group discussions, time to share, games among others. I told students there is great joy and fun reading with colleagues and friends at the library. I thanked all for their attention and encourage the pupils to always come to the library and read at every time the library is operational. There were other speeches from the head teachers and some teachers also encouraging the pupils to take reading seriously.

P1070070 sm.JPGThe questions for the quiz were set from Science, Social Studies, Current Affairs, spellings and Mathematics. Apart from Mathematics, contestants have 30 second to answer their major question for three (3) points and a bonus questions went for one (1) point. Mathematics, contestant were given one minute to come out with answer for a major question for three (3) points and of course a bonus question goes for a point. There were several questions which all contestants from both schools were not able to provide answer and such question were sometimes thrown to the rest of the students, a number of questions were answered correctly from  some of these students.

At the end of the day, St. Charle Lwanga JHS came top with overall points of 75 whiles Dazongo JHS followed with an overall scored of 61 points. Prizes were presented to all contestants as well as those students from the crowd who also provided answers to some of the questions. Let me add that, the Circuit Supervisors for 'West B' came later on to joined us, he was very impressed about what was going on and express his readiness to supports teachers and the libraries in organizing such events. He advised pupils to study hard and respect their teachers and parents back home.

It was a successful event at the end of the day; everyone who participated learnt something new, we are hoping to organize most of such events including debates and others, we are sure this will  stimulate the spirit of inquisitive reading and learning in pupils/students and to everyone. It will go a long way to increase usage of the libraries.

Reading camps, Burkina Faso 2017, have begun!

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The three Ghana librarians and coordinator Paul Ayutoliya are reading Nii Ayikwei Parkes novel Tail of the Blue Bird.  Here is Paul's summary of their discussion of the next chapter, as they work their way through the novel.

P1070022.JPGIn our discussions, we saw that the novel is written in what the Ghanaian man called pidgin English, Twi and the real English language. This writing fits in the Ghanaian culture as most Ghanaian speak pidgin English. Combining this languages make the discussion of the novel more interesting. This write up represents our discussions of the novel from where we stop to Yawda. We discovered in our discussions that the village where this thing (human remains) under Kofi Atta's hut that was first discovered by the indecent dressing girl who was a girl friend to the minister of roads and highway, following the deployment of the police by their inspector who receives this instruction also from one sector minister (the road and highway minister), the drunk pathologist from Koforidua and then to the arrival of Kayo is called Sonokrom.   P1070044.JPGSonokrom can be described as a village where the people who live there speaks and understand the language of the forest; they live by the tradition of their ancestors. They are use to tales. Western knowledge was something strange in the land of Sonokrom, worthy of note, the people of this village do not play or joke with palm wine especially Opanyin Poku.  The discovery of that thing (possibly human remains) found in Kofi Atta's hut brought or introduces some modern day knowledge (book knowledge) unto the people of Sonokrom.

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Livraison du matériel des camps de lecture 2017

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Le bibliothécaire de Namissiguima sm.jpgInstaller des bibliothèques est une des principales missions de FAVL mais faire vivre ces bibliothèques à travers les activités d'animation est une priorité. C'est dans ce cadre que FAVL organise des camps de lecture aux profil des élèves du primaire. Pour cette semaine troisième année des activités de FAVL-BBII des camps de lecture sont prévus dans les bibliothèques. L'animation desdites camps a besoin du matériel composé de cahiers, crayons, bics, t-shirt et bien d'autres. Ainsi une mission de livraison a été effectuée dans toutes les bibliothèques. Les premiers camps débuteront le 12 juin dans les commune de Dablo, Namissiguima, Rollo et Zimtanga.  Nous souhaitons bon camps a toutes les équipes d'animation.

FAVL Blog

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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