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African Library Project in Botswana


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The African Library Project (ALP) has started 381 school libraries in Botswana, a country in southern Africa. Volunteer book drive organizers in the US and Canada collected the books and money to ship them. Learn more about Botswana and the Ministry of Education, ALP's partner there. Learn how you can start a library too!

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African Library Project in Botswana

  1. 1. In Botswana
  2. 2. Botswana is the size of France. With 2.2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.
  3. 3. The country is largely flat and dry. 85% covered by the Kalahari Desert.
  4. 4. They teach 1st and 2nd graders to read/write in Setswana and do not introduce English until 3rd grade. The government of Botswana provides readers in Setswana. The literacy rate is 84% (one of the highest in Africa).
  5. 5. ALP’s partner in Botswana is the Ministry of Education and Skills Development. Some of ALP’s best libraries are in Botswana.
  6. 6. The following innovations originated in our Botswana libraries – snack corners, culture corners and lying on the floor to read.
  7. 7. For many children, the daily bowl of beans provided by schools for lunch is their only meal. Our books are educating multiple generations as children read to parents and grandparents as part of their homework assignments.
  8. 8. Botswana and ALP
  9. 9. PTAs support the libraries by monitoring them, serving as librarians, building bookshelves, and more. Will you send a library to Botswana?