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Digital libraries to boost reading in disadvantaged schools: example of Senegal


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Les bibliothèques numériques pour booster la lecture en milieu scolaire défavorisé: exemple du Sénégal. Un projet présenté à l'occasion du congrès mondial des bibliothèques de l'IFLA en Pologne.

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Digital libraries to boost reading in disadvantaged schools: example of Senegal

  1. 1. Assane FALL Librarian – Project Manager FEUSSEUL Dakar - Senegal @azoubig
  2. 2. Video presentation of the project 2
  3. 3. Who are we ? • NGO Senegalese created in 2013 and managed by the professionals of the libraries; • Promoting libraries and access to information to foster an inclusive society • Facilitating access to books, digital and culture 3
  4. 4. 4 Education in Senegal More than 40 % of the public spending are dedicated to the Education A national policy of decentralization of the school map Efforts are being made in the development of school libraries and digital access
  5. 5. 5 School libraries in Senegal Most school libraries are located in urban areas School libraries in rural areas are struggling to develop by : Lack of trained personnel ; Lack of political will on the part of the authorities ; Lack of financial means to purchase books and other materials.
  6. 6. 6 What alternative? Establish digital libraries in rural areas Raising the awareness of education actors on digital reading Exploit the free access of digital books
  7. 7. 7 The Senegalese internet park More than 8 million Internet subscribers on more than 14 million people Mobile penetration rate 116.71% in 2016 Mobile Internet park 98.51% of the global Internet park Penetration rate of the Internet 60,28 % in 2016
  8. 8. In 2015: El Hadji Ibrahima Ba of Koungheul High School (324km from Dakar) receives its first digital library The library gives access to books and reading to over 1,000 students in the locality In 8 months the library received more than 1,900 visits 8 Digital Library in Koungheul
  9. 9. 9 Digital Library in Tambacounda In 2017: A digital library for 20 schools in Tambacounda (452km from Dakar) A project funded by UNICEF for USD 8,519.77 The platform directly affects more than 12,000 students in the region
  10. 10. 10 Advantages of the digital libraries • Free platforms and accessible to everyone and anywhere; • Contribute to the access and democratization of books and reading in rural areas; • Boost school reading in rural areas where access to the paper book remains difficult;
  11. 11. 11 Training of students and professors
  12. 12. 12 Other initiatives of digital libraries • KoomBook, a mobile digital library developed by the NGO Library without borders. • The tool reloads thanks to an integrated solar panel and works without internet connection and allows to spread knowledge in the the most moved back zones.
  13. 13. 13 Other initiatives of digital libraries • Digital education: a project introduced by the Orange Foundation in Africa in 2014, and spread(displayed) by the local Foundations in 04 experimental countries: Cameroon, Niger, Madagascar and Senegal. • In Senegal, approximately 72 000 pupils distributed in 30 primary and secondary schools in Dakar and in regions benefited from this educational program.
  14. 14. 14 Other initiatives of digital libraries • Mjangale, an application that introduces children to reading, computer science, math and English
  15. 15. 2019: Set up a digital library for all the schools in Senegal 15 Next step… ?
  16. 16. 16 @feusseul @feusseul Thank you for your attention @feusseul Email : Website :