Betty Obura Ogange and Walter Buyu
With the closure of schools due to the pandemic, there has risen a need for skills development among teachers so that they can support distance and online learning. Self- learning approaches are now on the increase as it helps more teachers to access quality learning resources. The E- library for teachers project is a platform that is currently helping teachers to learn all by themselves.
What does literacy mean beyond the mechanics of mastering speed or accuracy in reading and writing? When children read and are able to make connections, find joy and seek knowledge and information about themselves and others, then they are truly on the path of literacy and are able to discover worlds beyond their textbooks. A library then becomes a space for them to enjoy reading on their own terms and make their own choices on the books that they would like to read.
Libraries in most rural areas find very few takers because of a host of issues. From the location to the functioning hours to even gender biases, community libraries face a resource crunch as well as a poor collection of books. If libraries have to play a larger role in transforming individuals, communities and societies, then public libraries need to be made more functional.
How can the library be an agent of the arts in education? Since art has an inherent ability to engage with our senses, create resonance and provoke reflection, it can help in critical thinking and lead to a sense of appreciation of art. Displaying art on the library walls, organizing activities, bringing in artists to engage with members – these are some ways in which the idea of art in libraries can be supported.
Here is an interesting account of how library activities were conducted for children from a government primary school. These activities and projects flourished even during the pandemic. Read on to know more.
This is a story of how Kitaab Mahal came into being in a colony in Mumbai. This resettlement colony was built to house thousands of slum dwellers who were displaced. In the age of all things digital, the children in this colony warmed up to the idea of being surrounded by books and friends where they could interact with each other and also learn something new.
At the Delhi-based free library which is part of the Community Library Project, all are welcome. Over here, art is an invitation to touch, hear, feel and speak. All are welcome to create not for any narrow markets but for their own to enjoy. Read all about this wonderful space.