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Le mardi 12 septembre s'est tenue au centre missionnaire Guy brassard de Kaya, La rencontre mensuelle des bibliothécaires du programme Beog Biiga II. 18 des 20 bibliothécaires ont répondu présent à cette rencontre. On note la présence de deux bibliothécaires des autres bibliothèques de FAVL, précisément Kiembara et Ouargaye. La rencontre a débuté aux environs de 8 heures après amendement de l'ordre du jour par les participants. FAVL était représenté à cette rencontre par le représentant national Sanou Dounko, le chargé de programme Abel Sawadogo, le coordonnateur national et les deux animateurs. Au programme, la remise de livres, des activités de renforcements de capacité des bibliothécaires, la collecte des données pour le mois d'aout et des échanges sur la relation avec les maires.

Le directeur de FAVL, Michael Kevane en visite au Burkina a emporté un important lot de livres pour les bibliothèques. La remise de ces livres a été faite à l'issue de cette rencontre par le coordonnateur régional. Les bibliothécaires étaient très contents de cette dotation.

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Cette rencontre a également servie de plateforme pour élaborer le programme d'activités pour la période d'octobre à décembre 2017 dans les bibliothèques Beoog Biiga II. Des visites guidées, des journées portes ouvertes, des visites aux maires et autres activités sont prévue pour la période.

Pour faciliter la collecte mensuelle des données, un nouveau canevas a été proposé au bibliothécaire. Les rapports du mois doivent être transmit au maire et une copie devrait être remise à chaque rencontre mensuelle. Sur la question les bibliothécaires ont promis de gérer cet outil avec diligence.

Des activités pratiques de lecture de livres photos et de contes oraux ont été menées dans le but de renforcer la maitrise de ces activités par les bibliothécaires. Quelques bibliothécaires ont été désignés pour gerber ces activées. A la fin de chaque activité pratique, un feedback a été fait afin de promouvoir les bonnes pratiques et de corriger les insuffisances constatées.

Le représentant national a saisi l'occasion qu'offre cette rencontre pour encore rappeler le rôle et la responsabilité d'un bibliothécaire.

Des échanges ont ensuite porté sur l'évolution de la relation avec les maires notamment en ce qui concerne le renouvellement des contrats. Un partage d'expérience a permis à tous, de comprendre le rôle du bibliothécaire dans ce processus de renouvellement des contrats. Tous sont unanime sur la nécessité d'aller vers les maires, de discuter avec eux pour trouver une solution avantageuse pour tous. De nombreux bibliothécaires ont partagé leur technique d'approche avec les maires.


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Le directeur de FAVL met à profit son séjour au pays des hommes intègres pour renforcer les capacités de son staff. Malgré son programme très chargé, il a tenue à avoir des séances individuelles et collectives de travail avec eux. Au programme de ces séances, la gestion des courriers électroniques, les inventaires, l'utilisation de certains logiciels de travail et bien d'autres thématiques. Ces séances de travail avec le Directeur de FAVL permettront au staff d'être plus opérationnelle dans sa mission de promotion de la lecture. A chacune de ces séances, l'équipe a posé des questions, afin de lever toutes insuffisances techniques.


Le directeur de FAVL en visite au Burkina Faso

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Le Directeur de FAVL Michael Kevane séjourne au Burkina depuis le 6 Septembre dans le cadre d'une visite de travail avec le staff de FAVL Burkina. Pendant son séjour, Michael a un agenda très chargé. Des rencontres avec des personnes ressources, mais également des séances de travail pour le renforcement des capacités du staff de FAVL Burkina. Michael a apprécié le travail abattu par le staff, mais a également signifié à l'équipe qu'il reste beaucoup de choses à faire pour réussir la mission de promotion de la lecture. Le Directeur de FAVL a emporté avec lui un lot important de livres pour les bibliothèques. Le staff se réjouit de cette visite et lui souhaite la bienvenue mais surtout un très bon séjour au directeur.

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Une équipe de FAVL, composée des chargés de programme SAWADOGO Abel et Dioni Aicha s'est rendue dans les communes de Mané et de Sabcé dans le Sanmatenga et le Bam. L'objectif de la mission était de faire les inventaires des livres dans les bibliothèques communautaires de Mané et de Sabcé, et de rencontrer les maires desdites communes.PICT0035.jpg Partie de  Ouagadougou le 04 septembre, l'équipe a eu une rencontre avec le coordonnateur régional. Avec lui, il était question de la préparation des inventaires et la rencontre du maire de Mané. Le 05 septembre l'équipe accompagnée du coordonnateur régional a rencontré dans un premier temps le bibliothécaire de Mané. Les discussions ont porté sur la transmission des documents exigés pour le renouvellement de son contrat. Après cette première entrevue avec le bibliothécaire, l'équipe s'est rendue à la marie où elle avait un rendez-vous d'échanges avec le maire de la commune. C'est dans son bureau et accompagné des premier et deuxième adjoints  qu'il a reçu l'équipe de FAVL. Cette rencontre a débuté par les civilités. A tour de rôle, les participants à ces échanges ont décliné leur identité. Le maire a souhaité la bienvenue de l'équipe dans sa commune et demandé l'objet de la visite. Le but de la rencontre qui était d'évoquer les questions liées à la convention et au contrat du bibliothécaire a été dévoilé au maire. Sur la question de la convention, les échanges ont porté sur le contenu. Une copie de la convention et de l'avenant a été remise au maire en présence de ses adjoints.
PICT0039.jpgA propos du contrat, le maire dit ne pas être à mesure de le renouveler, sans un avis favorable du conseil municipal qui se réunira en octobre 2017. L'équipe a laissé une copie du contrat précédent au maire. A la suite des échanges, le Maire a promis de traiter ce dossier les jours à venir en concert avec son équipe. Nous resterons en contact permanent pour apprécier l'évolution de la situation. Après les échanges, l'équipe s'est rendue  à la bibliothèque pour l'inventaire. Un travail très fastidieux qui  a consisté à mettre à jour le registre des livres.
PICT0045.jpgLe 06 septembre, l'équipe s'est rendue à Sabcé pour la rencontre avec le maire et faire l'inventaire à la bibliothèque. La première activité n'a pas pu se tenir car le maire était occupé à la journée de recevabilité organisée par la commune. L'équipe s'est donc mise à la tâche de l'inventaire des livres. Un travail qui a été facilité par la qualité de l'entretien des lieux par la bibliothécaire. On note une assez bonne organisation dans la bibliothèque. Notons également que  le hangar s'est détérioré sous l'effet des intempéries.

Echos des bibliothèques N°23 disponible

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La revue mensuelle d'information des bibliothèques de FAVL Burkina-Faso est disponible. Vous trouverai le récapitulatif des activités des bibliothèques et du Staff au cours de mois d'Aout.
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Health Camp at Kitengesa Community Library

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Micheal Ssegawa, Kitengesa librarian, writes:

We concluded the Health Camp at Kitengesa Community Library last week. Its is so exciting that up to now women are still talking about it. They enjoyed every item that was discussed. All the facilitators were very knowledgeable people.  Personally, I would like to thank you for making this happen here. They asked so many questions which I thought were obvious but not to them. Myself I learned a lot too.

They thanked you so much and other stakeholders (KCL, ...) for bringing this wonderful opportunity here. I was very happy yesterday when Mrs. Nsamba said that the head of the priests in our Parish said that he was angry for us not telling him about the camp. He would have sent a priest to the library everyday to learn and also to give some knowledge to the participants.

More reporting on vacation classes in Ghana libraries

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The classes continued this past week with yet another impressive performance in all the libraries. The children are indeed enjoying the classes hence the continual daily increases in attendance.

The nursery and lower primary classes this week continued with more spellings and pronunciation of two letter words, three letter words and four letter words. Going round the three libraries and monitoring them, I can say for a fact that these children are picking up speedily, in other words they are able to spell and pronounce words on their own after they have been taught by their teachers. The teachers using a book title "I want to start reading" A helpful reading book made simple for beginners Volume II, by S.Y. ADOBOE which I recommend to them, taught and explained the vowels and consonant phonics to the children, and then to the spelling, pronunciation and how to write these words. The book also contains short comprehension reading relating basically to the words (two and three letters) being spelt which teachers sometimes read aloud for the children to read after them. At the end of each day, fill in the gap or missing letters exercise are usually given to children to test their understanding levels, and guess what these children always scored very good marks. But of course there were few others (the children) who still have difficulty in mentioning both the two and three letter words. But overall performances from this class have improved significantly. Thanks to the respective teachers of these children in all the three libraries.
The Upper Primary classes also continued to read more stories books with their teachers in the respective libraries. The overall individual reading ability/ capacity have seen more improvement. At the beginning of the classes a good number of pupils were having difficulty in reading or mention some words, but the situation have seen some positive changes just after the few weeks the classes begun, at the start of the classes I assured everyone that they will all be able to read and read well before we bring the classes to a close. I encouraged everyone not be afraid or feel shy; I may say something and they will laugh at me, they should be ready to make the mistakes and get corrected than to keep quiet and yet go back home and to their schools with same mistakes, it is not helpful! And so the patrons took this advised seriously and begun to participate actively in every single activity or question that is been asked, some are there, at times they sincerely don't know the answers to some questions being ask but for the advice to always try, they do try their best to say something. For instance, I asked one day at the Sumbrungu library for the spelling of 'phlegm' (the sticky fluid blown out from our body through the nose and sometimes the mouth).  Many hands went up, I selected a few of them to spell, guess what, spellings like flem, flemm, flewm among other were what I got. Only one class 4 pupil by name Cletus Anamyire of Eureka Academy got the spellings correct, the rest including the JHS pupils were not able to spell. So from that day to date, almost every one can now spell that word correct, so as a result of active participation and contributions during reading times, pupils have improved speedily on their reading abilities.
The JHS pupils continue to read more story books also with their subject courses, they have also improved upon their reading and learning skills.
Over the week at the Sumbrungu library, pupils/students were also taken through riddles that requires some little critical thinking to be able to respond on the part of these children, some children were very fantastic, the ease in coming out with the right answerers for the riddles was just amazing. Some of the riddles that were learn in the week below;
1.      Mr. Y has 12 wives; each of the twelve wives has four daughters and each of the four daughters have seven sons. Who is Mr. Y? Ans. Year
2.      I am a five letter word, when you take me in full I am a talent in human, when you remove my first letter I become dead, when you remove my second letter I become ill. Who am I? Ans. Skill
3.      I am an animal, when I am young I have yellow feathers, when I grow I become dark. Who am I? Ans. Duck.
4.      I'm one of the things needed for most works, when you buy me I'm black, when you use me I become reddish in colour, and when you throw away, I become gray. Who am I? Ans. Charcoal.
5.      I am in you but you hardly use me, but every day, everyone that knows you uses me. And when they use me, you give them your attention. Who am I? Ans. Name.
It was interesting how some pupils were able to answer these riddles with ease. Some pupils were given the opportunity to come up with riddles for their colleagues to answer, to which some came up with good riddles full of lessons. In this particular session of the classes, all the pupils/students are usually brought together in one class. It is normally a time for laughter and fun as the answerers' flows sometimes in a funny way.
I also shared a number of stories over the week with patrons; the greedy dog, Wiser than you and Mama fatter Toad. All were full of great lessons to be learnt.
We are planning of having a grand celebration day to mark the climax of the classes !

What are libraries for? For reading!

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Cesrud/Favl Ghana vacation classes for last week witnessed another massive outpouring of patrons to the three libraries. The patrons are really getting more interested in reading and/ or learning with colleagues at the libraries; regular patrons to the classes keep sharing the joy and fun in reading at the libraries with peers at home.  This good testimony of the ongoing reading classes shared daily by regular patrons to their colleagues at home have compelled most of them to also come and see  for themselves what is actually happening at the libraries.  Any time these visitors followed their friends and come to the libraries to see what is happening and perhaps take part in the reading, they go back home also and brings friends and brethren in their good numbers to come and partake in what these visitors described as a good course worth attending hence the daily increase in attendance to the classes.

We had the Executive Director of Cesrud/Favl Ghana Mr. Rex Asanga coming in the early hours of today to the Sumbrungu library to monitor patronage and performance of the classes so far. He was very impressed about how patrons have increase in their numbers and their zeal to really read books. He encouraged patrons to keep on reading well and tell friends who are still at their respective homes to join them so that they will all read and learn together for a better future.

Later in the day at Sumbrungu Library, Mr. Nicholas Adea (a trained teacher currently teaching at Sirigu Senior High School) one time teacher of the ASRP also came to see how the classes are faring. He was delighted at what he saw at the library; children and young adults in their good numbers actively taking part the reading. He encouraged patrons to study hard at all time because there is a lot of good in reading than being in the house doing nothing. He asked patrons to tell their friends who are still at the house that they are missing a lot; they should come to the library and take part in the classes. Mr. Nicholas was particular happy for one of the volunteer teachers; Gabriel Ayadago who is taking the JHS pupils in Mathematics, English ICT and Science.  He  said Gabriel was one of the pupils he taught some years back during the ASRP, so coming to see one of his one time student teaching others too in the same library he was taught impresses him a lot, he said several others patrons of the ASRP he taught are now at the Universities and other colleges of education, he challenged patrons to also study well so that one day they will also assist others as Gabriel is doing today. A look at the faces of patrons showed they were happy about the story of Gabriel, they showed determination to also read and/ or learn well so that they could also be of help to others in the future.

At the Sherigu community library yesterday, one of the library committee member by name Mr. Francis who doubles as the assembly man of the community was at the library to also encourage users who are taking part in the classes to keep coming and bring their colleagues also to come and read and/ or learn with them in the classes. He advised patrons to obedient and respect their teachers and pay attention to them.

At the Gowrie library during the week, Mr. Donald Abongo an assembly man also who helped in connecting light to the library also visited the library in the course of the week with some of the committee members and parents to see how the classes are going on. They were full of praise for the organization of the classes and encouraged their children to learn well. They thanked Cesrud/ Favl for what they described as a move in the right direction to ensure that the children are able to read.

So throughout this week it have been a significant and impressive performance in pronunciation and spellings for the lower primary and nursery children, lots of different story books reading for the upper primary (primary 4-6) and also reading and learning of the subject courses for the Junior High School pupils across the three libraries.

We have two volunteers' teachers in addition to the librarian at the Sumbrungu library, same for the Sherigu library and one volunteer assisting at the Gowrie library with the librarian. These volunteers assisting together with the librarians are doing a great job in taking care of these children. In fact, when Mr. Nicholas was encouraging and thanking the volunteer teaches at the Sumbrungu library, he admitted it is difficult handle children; he was surprised how the teachers who are not trained professionally were able to handle such a great number of children. Everyone right from the executive director, the coordinator, librarians and these volunteer assistants with the libraries committee, are very determined to ensure that these young ones really enjoy reading or learning at the libraries hence our commitment in ensuring that every activity is carried out well during the classes. Mr. Rex Asanga for instance have been doing a great job by coming around once a while despite his busy schedule to see how the classes are going on and encouraging the children to learn well. Thank you Mr. Rex, we are grateful, continue with us until we bring the classes to a close.

Update on Cesrud/Favl Ghana vacation classes

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Paul Ayutoliya writes:

Cesrud/Favl Ghana vacation classes continues to record great number of patrons outpouring to the libraries this week. Great and impressive attendance with good performances in all the libraries so far. At the Sumbrungu library this week, the classes are normally divided into three different class; the lower primary with the nursery patrons usually at the library hall, Upper Primary and the Junior High Class. The librarian (Mr. Timothy Apennore) usually takes care of the lower primary and nursery children at the library hall, under the summer hut close to the library, Mr. Martin Asanga handles the upper primary pupils basically on reading of story books. The other summer hut close to the women meeting hall, the Junior High pupils occupies there and are normally taking through reading of some story books and later subject courses such as Maths, Science, English and ICT by Mr. Gabriel Ayadago, a volunteer assistant helping us in the classes. Today, Timothy took his pupils through the story of Diana, a Hairdresser Learns to Read, Mr. Martin read with the pupils he handle the story of Amazing Grace and her Family whiles Mr. Gabriel took his pupils through Change of Subject and Substitution in Mathematics. Everything single activity and class went on very successfully with whatever they read or learns. Earlier today before, pupils break for their various classes, Mr. Bob John Salifu, Cesrud Education coordinator came around to see how the classes were going on. He was very happy seeing the numbers of pupils who came to partake in the classes. He advised patrons to be time conscious in whatever they do and learn well at all times. He asked pupils if they will promise him to learn, obey their teachers and love books and they all answered yes. Pupils were told if they love books they should keep the books neat and clean so that the books will last longer; this will help their younger ones to also get the opportunity to read or learn using same books when they also start to visit the library.

At the Sherigu community library, the classes were also divided into three different classes just as the Sumbrungu library. The librarian Mr. Zacchaeuos takes care of the little ones in one of the class room in the catholic social center, a former librarian Mr. Simon Apana is also volunteering in these classes with his twin brother Sampson. Simon handles the upper primary pupils in the library room basically also in reading of story books whiles the twin brother takes care of the Junior High pupils at one of the class room also in the subject courses and reading.

P1080472 gk-sm.jpgAt the Gowrie Community library, the attendance was also impressive when I visited there today; the librarian Mr. Wilfred and one volunteer too by name Ayine were also taking pupils through reading of story books. They read Amoako and the Forest, Chidi likes Blue and Out Goes to Sea.

So far the vacation classes continue to run effectively each day in all the libraries ever since we begun. The numbers just keep increasing day in and out at all the three libraries. The librarians together with the volunteer's assistants are really doing a great job in these vacation classes this time round. As the days continue, we are hopeful of more effective performance and attendance. 

Rapport des camps de lecture de Béreba et de Dimikuy

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Du 14 au 18 Août 2017 nous avons participé aux camps de lecture qui se sont déroulé simultanément à Béreba et à Dimikuy. 
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Le 13 nous avons rencontrés les bibliothécaires pour échanger et distribuer le matériel. Alors le 14 nous avons commencé avec l'appelle et la distribution des tees shorts. A Bereba on a commencé avec 23 enfants et 25 à Dimikuy. Dans l'équipe d'animation du camp on avait à bereba la program officer, la bibliothécaire, l'assistant, l'enseignante et 06 filles bénéficières de la bourse LYNN DUNN et à Dimikuy on avait l'assistant, la bibliothécaire, l'animatrice, l'enseignante et 04 filles. Avec un retard on a entamé les activités tout en respectant le programme. On a eu la visite du deuxième adjoint au maire et directeur de l'école qui est venu encourager et conseiller les enfants. L'activité d'évaluation nous a permis de diviser ceux de bereba en 04 groupes (les travailleurs, les chercheurs, les lions et les étalons) et ceux de Dimikuy en 05 groupes (Wendpanga, Panga, Wende ya Wendé, Vainqueur et). Dans l'ensemble le niveau des enfants était moyen et faibles car ils avaient principalement des problèmes de ponctuations, de conjugaison et de prononciation. Le premier jour les enfants n'étaient pas trop dynamiques et la participation était morose.  A la fin de chaque journée on faisait le point de la journée et on échangeait avec ceux de Dimikuy pour faire le point. Les activités se déroulaient bien car le deuxième jour, on était à 25 enfants également à beraba.
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 Les lectures assistées, les lectures par tutorat et la lecture des livres photos ont amené les enfants à se motiver avec les jours. L'enseignante a fait des petites leçons par rapport aux difficultés que les enfants rencontraient dans la lecture et des leçons de vocabulaire pour les mots difficiles. Pour les exercices physiques, on a évité les jeux trop physiques pour pallier à de éventuels accidents. Cependant on n'a pas échappé à des égratignures. Car il y'a eu un enfant blessé au pied, nous avons lavé la plaie avec du savon et les filles ont mis de la pénicilline. Les jeux physiques étaient des jeux de réflexe et de mémoire. Chaque jour, chaque enfant bénéficiaient d'un petit déjeuné et d'un déjeuner par ailleurs il y'avait de l'eau potable pour la boisson. Les derniers jours, toutes les activités à bereba n'ont pas pu être effectuées à cause de la pluie. On avait invité des parents à 10h pour la lecture des discours par les enfants cependant la pluie a empêché et quelques parents sont vénus après la pluie au environ de 15h alors on n'a pas pu clore comme on le souhaitait. 
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Les difficultés
Les difficultés étaient liées au problème de déplacement car il m'était difficile de faire la navette entre beraba et dimikuy car je n'avais pas de moyens de locomotions. En outre quand l'enfant c'est blessé au pied et on n'avait pas de petit kits de santé pour les petits soins pourtant il s'est blessé au camp.  
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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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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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Abel écrit:
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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

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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