Conceptual Photo: Literacy Center planned for Liberia
Proceeds gained from the Recycling Books component of the Liberian Books Project pay for services and materials to ensure that learners have a place of learning that is structurally sound and environmentally safe.In partnership with local communities, the Liberian Literacy Foundation will construct literacy centers to allow the delivery of educational resources to these distressed communities.
Each US college partner collects 1,000 used college textbooks to support a Liberian school. We plan to sell approximately 452 books to raise $8500 and provide a complete package of support to one Liberian school. The package of educational support will include the following:
Scholarships are extended to each Liberian teacher provided by 13 used textbooks sold to raise $250.On June 19, 2009, Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia, held its first graduation for trained teachers in 20 years. There were 178 teachers awarded certificates. Through the Liberian Books Project, 1200 additional Liberian teachers will be trained at KRTTI by 2015.(read details)
A Small library of Books is delivered by the sale of 13 used college textbooks to raise $250. The books will be presented to each Liberian school in recognition of their US college partner. These books will be used to advance the basic literacy needs of students and individuals within the community.(read details)
Renewable Electricity is provided by the sale of 266 used college textbooks to raise $5,000. A 1kw wind and solar powered generator system is delivered to produce renewable electricity for the school complex.(read details)
Computers are provided by the sale of 53 used college textbooks to raise $1,000. A small network of computers will allow each school’s library to be connected through the internet with that of other schools in the country.(read details)
Internet Access is provided by the sale of 53 used college textbooks to raise $1,000. Internet Access will allow Liberian teachers access to the most updated teaching tools as well as the ability to work collaboratively with other teachers across the country.(read details)
Aztec Software is provided by the sale of 13 used college textbooks to raise $250. Aztec Software is a leading computerized learning tool. The software supports learners in the areas of K-12th grade levels, General Education Development (GED), financial literacy and basic literacy. The Liberian Books Project employs Aztec’s Learning System—a unique method of Assess-Test-Learn-Practice-Test (ATLPT) to ensure the consistency and quality of each learner’s experience.(read details)
Clean Water Systems are provided by the sale of 26 used college textbooks to raise $500. Electricity and pump equipment delivered will allow each school to pump clean water from below ground wells to make it more accessible to students.(read details)
Geekan Community School in River Gee County, Liberia.
The Liberian Literacy Foundation will provide renewable electricity to this school at the request of the local community.The electricity provided will power computers that were donated to the school by former Peace Corps Volunteer Katherine Murphy and friends—to start an adult literacy program when the school is completed.
In Detroit, the Liberian Literacy Foundation is rehabilitating decaying buildings for use as temporary storage for the Liberian Books Project.At the end of the project these buildings will be returned to the community as vibrant community centers.