Mobile library project in schools and communities – Mai ita lee!!!

Reading is a fundamental skill for all children’s development as it is important to build up children’s ability through writing and the spoken word.

In 2017, the Mobile Library Project collaborated with Ministry of Education and community leaders to provide support to children in reading and other educational activities. The project also worked with parents to provide sustainability of learning to their children.  

With the continuation support from DFAT in 2017, the mobile library team visited 20 primary schools across Liquica, Bobonaro, Manatuto and Aileu with the total students being 3,357 (Boys: 1738, Girls: 1619). The team spent two weeks in each municipality and delivered educational activities and assisted children to access the mobile library. In each municipality, the mobile library coordinated with the municipal office of the Ministry of Education to select preschool and primary schools.

In 2017, the Mobile Library Reading program continued in the three ChildFund’s targeted school areas of Balibo, Maliana and Liquica. During the period of six months (January-June) the Alola mobile library project continued to work with schools, communities and particularly with parent and peer tutors on improving the reading ability of school children aged 6-9 years. The reading sessions that took place in the community-based area have been implemented with effort from committed parents and upper primary grade students as tutors to the young children to assist them in the reading sessions. There were 93 parents and 172 peer tutors graduated and were honored with a certificate of appreciation for their significant support in increasing children’s literacy in their community.

There were  982 children – boys: 397 and girls: 584 from grades 1 to 3 who regularly attended reading sessions; Liquica – 255; Maliana – 249; Balibo – 477. The level of improvement in reading levels – as assessed through the pretest and post-test – was 52% as an average across the program. Additionally the reading program was conducted at 20 primary schools in Liquica, Balibo and Maliana considered as low intervention. The total number of students who accessed the books was 1,098 – 480 boys and 618 girls.

“We will go home and have our lunch after we read the books in the van.” Said a group of children who were keen to read the books  so they decided to postpone their lunch. These children are stay far from the reading center/school.