Developing Best Practice in Reading Tents in East Africa
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An introduction to best practice in running readings tents in East Africa.

An introduction to best practice in running readings tents in East Africa.

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  • Developing Best Practice in Reading Tents in East Africa Robert Sarjant, Head of Operations, Book Aid International, UK World Library and Information Congress, Oslo 2005
  • Background
    • 3 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    • Only 10% of schools have libraries
    • Publishing is weak
    • Literacy rates are low
    • Lack of reading culture
    • Growth of Primary Education
  • Background
    • East African Book Development Association (EABDA) formed in 2001
    • Runs reading tents
    • And trains teacher-librarians
    • Formed partnership with Book Aid International (BAI) in 2003
  • Book Aid International
    • established 1954
    • works with partners to create reading and learning opportunities for people to realise their potential and alleviate poverty
    • provides books and training to libraries and the book chain in 18 countries
  • EABDA’s Mission
    • To enhance a reading culture in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania, through developing the book chain (authorship, publishing, distribution, readership) & to encourage cross border trade in books.
  • EABDA aims to:
    • develop projects that ensure creation and supply of appropriate reading materials
    • support development of school & community libraries, & training of teachers in reading and library development
    • initiate/support projects & campaigns to build a book-reading culture
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  • Why reading tents?
    • Breaks association between reading and textbooks
    • Makes reading for fun
    • ‘ an outreach tool used to promote reading, stimulate a desire and love for reading, develop reading skills and a reading culture.’
  • Reading Tent Activities
    • Storytelling and drama
    • Face painting
    • Puppet shows
    • Art (draw your favourite character)
    • Quizzes
    • Puzzles and games
  •  
  • Working in partnership to:
    • Promote reading as a basis for education and lifelong learning
    • Increase access to info. through libraries
    • Strengthen capacity within the book chain
    • Develop effective advocacy
    • Support professional skills development
    • Improve assessment of the outcomes
  • Who is our audience?
    • Children
    • Teachers – many are not readers
    • Parents
    • Wider community
    • Local leaders and business
  • Planning and Partners
    • Involve stakeholders & identify a lead
    • Mobilise the community
    • ‘ the occasion created a sense of ownership & appreciation of the library by the local community & laid the ground for future participation of the local community, including the business people’
  • What materials?
    • Relevant to target group/local situation
    • Appropriate language and style
    • Variety/diversity of titles
    • Good physical quality
    • Origin – local titles to promote local book industry
  • Books from BAI
  • How do we promote the project?
    • Sensitisation
    • Posters & Announcements
    • Radio, TV and newspapers
    • Invitations to local dignitaries
    • Participation in book fairs
    • But more advocacy needed
  • How do we train?
    • Participatory approach
    • Sharing learning and best practice
    • Training the trainer
    • Focus on practical outcomes
  • How do we keep going?
    • Reduce reliance on donors
    • Keep sowing seeds – training, reading clubs, book weeks, library sessions
    • Build up best practice & evidence
    • Lobby governments for support
    • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • No room in the tent!
  • Conclusions
    • Literacy guidelines useful for planning and looking back at projects
    • Reading tents project needs more work on latter stages of cycle
    • Given right opportunities, children all over the world will enjoy reading
  • Book Aid International
    • For further information:
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Or see www.bookaid.org
    • Full paper available from:
    • http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/papers/137e-Sarjant.pdf