Friday, September 05, 2008

We're Connected!

Latest news! I received a call from the director at Bingerville to let me know that the internet connection has been installed!

We're going to take a look next week, and plan for our next step -- among other things, a book drive for the library, an online library, and other online resources for students. October is International School Libraries Month, and we've got to do something special!

I have started doing some work with the American school in Abidjan, now, and in talking with some of the teachers, parents, and students there, it sounds like there is some interest in this project, too. It would be great to work together with them, and maybe the students back in the states to create some resources....Hmmm.... Maybe a community service project in the making?

I'll get back to you after we've made the visit to Bingerville. In the meantime, check out this story about peace and humanitarian efforts in schools all across Cote d'Ivoire.

I am also very inspired by the efforts of the United Nations in Cote d'Ivoire's program with the young - read this report: and if you can read French, try these:

>>L’ONUCI vous parle des DROITS DE L’HOMME

I'd love to contribute to a program like this, and I believe libraries -- school and community information centers, perhaps more accurately -- have an important part to play. Stay tuned!

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