Protecting life-changing books
Situated in the northeastern suburb of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, Rosa Mystica Community School is a beacon for children who want to learn to read and build a better life for themselves and their families.
There are many challenges that students like those who study at Rosa Mystica face. Often schools lack funding and so reading materials can be scarce, with the few old books that schools do have being frequently shared between students.
Thanks to our dedicated supporters, we’ve been able to support Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS), one of our partners in the region, with brand new books, who then distribute the books to schools like Rosa Mystica. These carefully selected books make sure children get the best education possible.
But due to lack of funding for maintenance, Rosa Mystica school has a leaking roof right over the library. To protect their precious books, staff and students cover the books daily with a plastic sheet and use bowls to catch the drips.
One of the teachers at the school, Naluca, told us why these books are so important to her and her students:
“These books have really helped the children. They have achieved a lot in their personal lives and in the lives of their families – there’s one grandmother who came here, she was unable to read, so the child would read for her until one day the child said ‘Grandma, go to school’. So, the grandma came to school here. We started teaching her and she’s now able to read on her own, so the books are really helping the whole community.”
Brand new books are so valuable to schools like Rosa Mystica, and this just goes to show the lengths that students will go to to protect their materials. Find out how you can help provide books and give children a chance at a better future at bookaid.org/chance.