Since the library is basically finished (all the books are shelved, the shelves are categorized, the floor is clean, the tables are set up the benches are cleared and set up for studying) I started introducing it to the classes. 10th grade is left. then all classes are through.
On thursday I will finish the painting (the leaves of the trees). I will also show the 10th graders the library and how to use it.
The headmaster and I decided that the eighth grade would be in charge of keeping the library clean. This way there is no added work for the teachers, and the students are made responsible for their own actions. Next school year, the new 8th graders will be in charge, and so on. They seem to be somewhat engaged…at least when I asked them to come to the library just after school they all showed up (yay!) So that seems to be working.
The teachers will all get the introduction on friday. I have finished the manual that will be printed and handed to the headmaster. The activity schedule is done (every three weeks) to ensure that the library is used at least at that time. At the teacher introduction on friday afternoon I will not only explain but also show them how some of the activities work. Which shall be fun!
I heard that Room to Read is coming back to Chitwan, Nepal to do some work with the libraries they supported in 2005. So that should be interesting. I hope to keep updated with all the information about the library that is going on even after I go back to Austria and then off to England for University.
I am working on organizing and establishing the library of Shree Ganganagar School with the help of FACE Nepal (www.facenepal.org) and am trying to compile a manual for the teachers who are in charge of the library for when I am gone. I want to make sure that I did everything I can do to enable the school to use the library!
Dear teachers, parents, librarians, school staff, development workers, authors or whoever is interested in books,
I’m writing a manual for libraries that contains different activities that can be conducted with children of all ages (or age specific activities) for the library that I painted and am organizing at the Ganganagar School. I would greatly appreciate any ideas anyone else has!
The activities should be reading, comprehension and student oriented. Also, since the manual is for a rural school in Nepal, no materials except for books should be needed (except maybe pen and paper).
Now that I am back from my trip, I went back to work…but my schedule has drastically changed, since the government schools have resumed normal classes.
I will still do one hour of class in the Ganganagar Learning Center in the morning (from 7 am to 8 am). Both the morning groups will be mixed. Which means I will have kids from Nursery to 7th grade in one group. That’s a challenge! But we will manage. I only have on hour, because although school only starts at 10, the kids should be heading to school at around 9 o’clock. This is not because they have to walk an hour to school (they have to walk something like 10 minutes), but because in Nepal it is normal for kids to play on school grounds for an hour before classes start. I think, this way there are a lot fewer kids who will be late…
As Shreeram showed Ruth and me around school he mentioned that the school had a library that wasn’t really being used because it’s not organized. Seizing the opportunity I asked to see the place. I was amazed by the number of books and materials present in the library, and when Shreeram showed me a book with the ‘room to read’ logo on it my decision was final. I will make this library usable! I will make it so the ‘room to read’ books are being put to use! I hate seeing books just sort of sitting somewhere molding away.
So, somehow I ended up in a library…once again. (This seems to be a recurring theme in my volunteer work…maybe I should abandon my teaching career that hasn’t even really started yet to become a librarian hehe).