Books in school for Mphatso

24th April 2017 | Blog

Mphatso will soon join the over 88,000 pupils who have books in their classrooms thanks to Inspiring Readers.

Mphatso is 13 and goes Namiwawa Primary School in Malawi. At his school, and across many schools in Malawi, pupils have to share one book between several readers.  Inspiring Readers is just getting underway in Malawi, so Mphatso and pupils at 25 schools across Malawi will soon be able to enjoy brand new books in school. 

13 year old Mphatso knows books will help him succeed

We asked Mphatso to share his thoughts about the importance of books and how he feels about getting a library in his school:

“Reading is very important for my future because everything starts with reading. How can you understand the notes that you are taking from the teacher if you don’t understand reading? Reading helps me understand my lessons properly.”

A typical day at Mphatso’s school

Mphasto also had a lot to say about the importance of libraries.

“I think libraries are important because they have books you can read you can understand what the books are telling you and because of that, you can understand history.”

One of the classrooms where Mphatso learns

Mphasto has big plans for the future, and he thinks the books he’ll receive as part of Inspiring Readers will help him make his dreams a reality.

“When I am older I want to be an engineer, so I really need to able to read properly as I need to go to university to achieve my dream. Sometimes I visit the local national library but not often because it is far and there aren’t many opportunities to get a lift there. Therefore it would be more helpful to have books in the school. I also really want to improve my English language skills as they will help me be able to communicate with people from all over the world.”

Mphatso will soon have access to his own school Book Box Library filled with brand new books as part of our Inspiring Readers programme thanks to funds provided by platers of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Teachers from their schools will also be linked up to a local hub library for training in how to bring books to life in the classroom and receive the ongoing support of a librarian. To find out more about our Inspiring Readers programme, take a look at the links below.

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