Maxime est un ancien lecteur de la bibliothèque communautaire de Karaba. Il est un nouveau bachelier, orienté actuellement en lettre moderne à l’université de Bobo Dioulasso. Rencontré le 28 novembre à la bibliothèque de Karaba, il nous livre ses impressions de joie. Pour lui c’est grâce à la bibliothèque et son amour pour la lecture qu’il a réussi à son BAC. Il dit avoir prit beaucoup de temps pour lire à la bibliothèque de Karaba et cela l’a apporté beaucoup de connaissances. Vu les fruits de cette lecture, il compte beaucoup s’attacher à cette lecture pour encore persévéré.
L’animateur de FAVL dans le cadre de la gestion provisoire de la bibliothèque communautaire de Koho, a mené un encadrement en matière de lecture de la bande dessinée avec deux élèves du primaire. L’objectif de cette activité était d’apprendre à ces deux fidèle lectrices de la bibliothèque comment lire une bande dessinée. Je leur ai expliqué d’abord où lire et l’ordre des bulles à respecter. Chacune des deux lectrices ont lu à tour à tour les écritures dans les bulles. Elles sont parties toutes joyeuses sachant désormais être capables de lire leur bande dessinée étant seul.
Prior to the reading competition, letters were sent to the participating schools inviting them for the competition. All invited schools expressed their readiness to participate in the competition on the scheduled date after receipts of the letters. On Friday the 22nd of November, the date scheduled for the competition, the participating schools which included; St. Charles Lwanga Junior High School, Sumbrungu-Kolgo Junior High School, Ata’ampuurum A’ Junior High School, Sumbrungu Junior High School and Bolga Nyariga M/A Junior High School were all present before the time stated for the competition. The competition were scheduled to kick start at exactly 10:00am, latest by 9:30am all schools were already seated in the women meeting hall where the competition took place. Three staff from the Upper East Regional library including the Regional Librarian Mr. Leslie Kasanga was in attendance. Two of these staff in addition to a teacher from Kulbia Primary constituted the panel of judges for the competition. All librarians were also in attendance except the Gowrie-Kunkua Librarian.
In welcoming all to the reading competition, I touched briefly on the importance of reading and the significant efforts by CESRUD/FAVL Ghana over the years to promote and cultivate the reading habit in everyone by establishing and supporting three village community libraries in Sumbrungu, Sherigu and Gowrie-Kunkua. In collaboration with Biblionef Ghana, CESRUD/FAVL Ghana have also extended the libraries to 20 basic schools in Bolga West B’ and North circuits so that those from faraway schools can also have the joy of reading. I touched briefly also on CESRUD/FAVL Ghana yearly reading programs organized in the three community libraries and encouraged all to participate in the programs as and when they are organize. I concluded my welcome address by calling on all gathered that day to continue to read at all times as books have the power to transform lives.
The Upper East Regional Librarian addressing the gathering thanked all the schools for honouring the invitation and lauded the organizers of the competition for such a great initiative, he was particularly happy about the efforts being carried out to get students/pupils to read at all time. He stated that a ‘Reading Nation is a Winning Nation’, ‘Reading Makes a Man’ among others. He mentioned that the Ghana Library Authority have declared this year as a year of reading, and that the GhLA is doing all it can to support all branch and community libraries across the country with the needed support.
To the reading competition, each school presented three contestants for the contest. Below is a breakdown of the names of the contestants per each school, M in bracket stands for Male and F for Female.
From Sumbrungu-Kolgo Junior High School;
1. Adaleme Joseph (M)
2. Atubuliko Selina (F)
3. Akanvalka Maxwell (M)
From Ata’ampuurum A’ Junior High School;
1. Ayine Sunday (M)
2. Apampika Portia (F)
3. Asore Evert (F)
From Sumbrun Junior High School;
1. Abila Martha Ayembuno (F)
2. Azuure Hannah Nmabila (F)
3. Akolgo Joyce Nmabila (F)
St. Charles Lwanga Junior High School;
1. Yibozie Nancy (F)
2. Atia Rachel (F)
3. Amoah Vincent (M)
Nyariga M/A Junior High School;
1. Akaba Ismael (M)
2. Abane Claudia (F)
3. Agana Godwin (M)
The competition were in three parts or rounds, round one was for reading and round two was almost the same but more detailed reading than the first round and round three was for dictations.For round one, they had first readers from each school, second readers and third readers climaxing that round, round two was almost the same but more detailed than the first round as mentioned. The first readers were asked by the judges normally to read any page or part of a chapter of the book that was selected for the reading that day. As the contestants read, the judges were looked at the grammar, respect for punctuation marks, and confidence level of the readers, fluency, omissions and time taken to read. These were the criteria the judges used in awarding the marks. All readers were given same time of three minutes to read, some readers finished reading their given page or chapter before the time given. Each of the three contestants per school was given two copies of the book to follow as their contesting mates and co-contestant as they read. The Panel of Judges of the competition had a copy of the book each, teachers of each participating schools were given a copy of the book to also follow as the contestants reads. This was done to ensure that no one complain of bias judgement or awards of marks to some contestants. At the close of the competition everyone was satisfy with the judges verdicts. The selected book was titled “Awkward Annie” by Julia Williams and Tim Archbold. On the third and last round of the competition, ten words were selected from the book used for the competition, these words were used for the dictation and I am sure the judges wanted to find out whether contestants took note of certain words and how they are spell as they read or not. At the end of this round, the sheets given contestants for the dictation were taken from them and mark. Some per the score got 6 out of 10, others 8 out of 10, some 7 out of 10, 9 out of 10 and some score all 10. These marks were added to the first two round score in arriving at the overall score per school.
The librarians of Ouargaye and Sebba in Burkina Faso are isolated: both are in zones where terrorist attacks happen regularly and roads are now always safe to travel. But they really wanted to come in to Ouagadougou for training and to participate in the Ouaga book fair, last week. They had a great time and returned to their village libraries safe and sound and re-energized!
Attendance to the Sumbrungu Community Library for the two weeks was super great especially the night sessions. I have been very regular of late in the Sumbrungu Library to help the night librarian due to the increase number of patrons we receives. The numbers are always great to the point that those who come late hardly find space to sit; others could be seen lying on their stomachs on the bare floor in front of the women meeting hall reading. The great numbers are putting pressure on our chairs, many of the chairs needs to be maintain. Activities for the two weeks include; individual reading, group reading of story books, games, and assignments works among others. I embarked on few visits to some surrounding schools and engaged pupils on library related issues, is one of the contributing factor to the increased numbers we receives every day and night at the library. The Sherigu Community Library also recorded good patronage during the two weeks; pupils of St. Peter and Paul Academy were and are always the regular patrons during the daily sessions. Students from the Sherigu Senior high school, young adults from the surrounding communities were and are the frequent visitors during the night sessions. Individual reading, group reading, cleanup exercise and games were some of the activities of the weeks. The librarian is always at her post ensuring that everything goes well for reading and learning. The Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library performances for the two weeks were also encouraging. Pupils of the Kunkua primary and junior high schools are always the regular patrons in the library. Reading activities for the two weeks were also good.
A reading competition for selected basic schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality has been organized, by the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (CESRUD), a humanitarian community based organization, in a bid to promote reading habit among children. It was sponsored by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL), an American based charity organization and five selected Junior High Schools from the Bolgatanga North and West ‘B’ Circuits took part in the competition. CESRUD in collaboration with FAVL have over years worked to improve quality of education in the Upper East Region and this has led to the establishment of three community libraries stocked with current and relevant books at Sumbrungu and Sherigu in the Bolgatanga Municipality and Gowrie-Kunkua in the Bongo District.
And from the Ghana News Agency:
He [Paul Ayutoliya] said, “CESRUD and FAVL over the years organised numerous reading programmes in all the three community libraries with a view to promoting a culture of reading among children especially students and pupils and I can say these respective community libraries since their establishment have improved the quality of education and literacy in the lives of many.” Mr Ayutoliya disclosed that through further collaboration with Biblionef Ghana, CESRUD was able to create mini libraries stocked with reading materials in 20 basic schools in the two circuits. “These schools now have mini school libraries with books of over 400 each, available to pupils and students who are far from the community”. Mr Leslie Kasanga, the Upper East Regional Librarian encouraged the children to consider reading as a hobby and read always in order to broaden their knowledge and scope of learning. The Regional Librarian said 2019 was declared the ‘Year of Reading’ by the Ghana Library Authority and asked parents to invest in the future of their children by buying books for them and encouraging them to read.
At the end of the contest, St Charles Luwanga JHS emerged winner with 570 points, while Sumbrungu-Kolgo JHS and Bolgatanga Nyariga JHS, placed second and third with 507 and 501 points respectively.
The participating schools were given exercise books, pencils and pens.
De Alidou Boué:
Tenue du 21 au 24 novembre 2019 à la salle de la SIAO, les Amis des Bibliothèques de Villages Africain (FAVL) ne s’est pas fait prier pour répondre présent à cette fête du livre. Le thème de cette 15eEdition est : Littérature et promotion de la paix et de la sécurité. Bien que le programme journalier fût bien chargé, FAVL partenaire technique de mise en œuvre des bibliothèques et de la promotion de la lecture en milieu rural s’est attelé par l’exposition de ses produits composé de livres photos pour enfants en français et dioula une partie de livres du centre multimédia de Houndé et quelques livres adultes traitant sur la promotion de la lecture au Burkina Faso. La sensibilisation des visiteurs sur la lecture, la présentation des activités de FAVL, le réseau et le fonctionnement des bibliothèques ont été les principaux points expliqués aux visiteurs au stand FAVL. Durant 4 jours, malgré le peu d’affluence des visiteurs, le stand des Amis des Bibliothèques de Villages Africains a observé des visiteurs de marque ; la diplomatie de l’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis, l’Autodidacte écrivain conteur de Burkina lecture Ousseni Nikièma, l’écrivaine Madame Simporé, le maire de la commune de Pensa, les libraires et surtout la presse est venus s’enquérir de nos nouvelles des activités de FAVL pour écrire un article dans les journaux les jours à venir sur nos activités mais aussi nos difficultés. Il faut noter que nos œuvres ont été une fois de plus bien appréciés par les visiteurs qui comptent garder de bonne collaboration avec FAVL. La demande d’achat des livres photos par les visiteurs était importante. Environ une centaine de dépliants de FAVL ont été ventilés aux visiteurs pour appuyer notre sensibilisation et permettre aux uns et aux autres de savoir ce que nous faisons, notre réseau et notre contact.
Les bibliothécaires de FAVL (Sebba et Ouargaye) ont eu l’occasion de visiter la foire. Ils ont été beaucoup émerveillés des expositions de cette foire et échangé avec quelques acteurs du livre notamment les libraires et l’écrivaine Monique Ilboudo. Ils ont également eu 2 jours de d’encadrement avec Dounko sur les activités d’animation de la bibliothèque au siège de FAVL pour renforcer leurs capacités. La foire a pris fin le dimanche 24 novembre par un public assez nombreux. Pour moi je suis content de la foire parce qu’elle constitue un créneau pour découvrir d’échanger avec les acteurs du livre mais aussi de se faire découvrir.