Early this year we were delighted to establish relationships with two new partners in Malawi; the Book Bus and HELP (Hope, Education, Love and Protection).
The Book Bus supports schools by providing mobile library facilities and volunteer story-tellers to help children become confident and literate readers for life. Working mainly with rural schools, their volunteer crew divide huge classes into small groups and inspire the children to read by personalizing the reading experience through story-telling, assisted reading practice and creative arts.
The Book Bus has been working in Malawi since 2010. They are based in the south of the country and work with a cluster of 10 rural schools in the area where their reading scheme is designed to compliment the local school curriculum to maximise the positive impact on child literacy.
HELP is a non-profit organization based in Malawi, whose mission is to develop the pathway for children living in rural regions of Africa to become integral members and leaders in society through quality education. HELP is committed to cultivating the academic potential of each child through a comprehensive range of opportunities in primary school to prepare students for the next level of education, and to support those efforts through secondary school scholarships.
In support of the work of the Book Bus and HELP, School Aid sent a shipment of text, reference and library books as well as primary school chairs and bookcases.