Librarians are key to communities being able to make the most of the books we supply. Therefore, all of our projects, whether focussing on children’s services and schools or hospital libraries, include a training element to develop the skills of the people in charge of the library.
These workshops are designed and led by professional librarians and teachers from our Programmes team based in both the UK and Kenya.
“The training has turned my life around 180 degrees and made me an incredible, dependable and transformed librarian filled with inexpressible steam.”
– Librarian, Cameroon
Training for children’s librarians through our Children’s Corners programme
Our Children’s Corners programme aims to create vibrant spaces for children in African public libraries where children can discover books and begin to read.
It includes two three-day training courses for two librarians from each Children’s Corner to help them to engage and inspire young readers. These training sessions equip librarians with the knowledge and skills to ensure young people can make the most of their Children’s Corner and includes training on:
- Creating a library space that is welcoming to children
- Promoting the library to local schools and wider community
- Activities to help children discover the joy of reading
- How to help children find books that capture their interest
Training for librarians and teachers through the Inspiring Readers programme
Our Inspiring Readers programme seeks to improve the reading opportunities for 250,000 African primary school children by providing Book Box Libraries for use in their classrooms.
Each participating school’s local Children’s Corner (established through the Children’s Corners programme above) acts as a hub giving pupils access to books both in school and in their library.
“The library has affected the confidence of teachers as they have more teaching resources. The classes are livelier with more activities for learners.”
– Agripina, Head Teacher, BS Kimaanya Primary School, Masaka.
As part of the programme, selected teachers take part in training (run by the hub librarians) in basic library management, running reading activities in class and using books to teach other subjects. Prior to this, the hub librarians take part in workshops in how to facilitate the teacher training and supply ongoing support to the participating schools and teacher-librarians.
Training for medical librarians
Training is also an integral part of our health projects. For example, our Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals project included training for librarians from all participating hospitals and medical schools, alongside a donation of up-to-date medical and healthcare books in a range of disciplines. Librarians were equipped with the skills and confidence to manage and promote their collections and to provide support to medical and healthcare students.