Promoting a Reading Culture
Literacy thrives when learners have access to reading material. CW4WAfghan provides access to books through our teacher training and literacy programs.By placing small “starter” libraries into classrooms, books introduce the joy of reading for pleasure among students, and their families, when borrowers are able to bring books home.
We equipped more than 260 schools with School Library Starter Kits, established 36 community libraries, and set up small libraries in 132 literacy classes and contributed to the literacy education of more than 3,100 of our literacy graduates. We deliver orientation workshops for schools and communities on how to use and sustain these valuable resources.
Our libraries consist of high quality local language books – purchased from local publishers in Afghanistan – suitable for new readers on a variety of topics, from animal husbandry to history and poetry.
Hands-on Science Learning
CW4WAfghan has equipped more than 250 schools with School Science Lab Starter Kits. In addition to items like anatomy models, microscopes and other equipment, these kits include consumables such as chemicals that teachers use in experiments during class. These consumables need to be replaced regularly. CW4WAfghan replenishes schools’ sciences labs during monitoring visits to schools.
A donation of:
$135 pays for one literacy teacher in an urban area to complete a librarianship training
$300 pays for a top-up of science lab materials to schools that received our Science Lab Starter Kits
$1150 pays for one literacy teacher in a rural area to complete a librarianship training
$1500 pays for a 500-book Library Starter Kit for a school
$1000 pays for a basic science lab of 130 items from microscopes to anatomy models
$3500 pays for a teacher’s college to receive an academic library, training and capacity support to establish and manage its new library
$5000 pays for a bilingual children’s book to be produced, designed, printed and distributed to our network of libraries across Afghanistan
We have been working to provide access to books in conjunction with literacy classes in communities that have requested our support under our Afghanistan Reads! community library and literacy program.
Thanks to the generous support of CW4WAfghan members and donors across Canada, financial resources are being made available to purchase and distribute small libraries in the rural communities in Afghanistan. Children will have the opportunity to learn and acquire the knowledge and life skills that will enable them to help shape the future of their country — the kind of Afghanistan in which they want to live, work and raise their own families.
CW4WAfghan wishes to recognize your continued support. If you would like to have your donation acknowledged IN YOUR NAME and/or as A GIFT DONATION towards a library, please email Community@CW4WAfghan.ca. (Due to F.O.I.P. confidentiality rules if you do not wish your donation to be made public, please advise).
Thank you to our generous donors of library kits since 2008, including:
- CW4WAfghan Members
- Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (Kabul)
- Alberta Government – Community Spirit Program
- Sally Armstrong, Canadian award-winning author/journalist
- USAID and The Linda Norgrove Foundation
- Rotary Clubs of Calgary, Kabul and Canmore, AB
- Bridge Street United Church Foundation
- Boomers Trust (2012)
- Government of Canada, CIDA (2010)
“A library tells us that we are not alone and never have been.” Deborah Ellis, Author: The Breadwinner.