IFBA LIBRARY INITIATIVE
The objective of this program is to build, renovate and improve libraries at all IFBA partner schools, equip the libraries with books and educational resources. Libraries are one of the most essential and crucial resource that can be made available to students, for students to achieve a well-rounded education. Research shows that schools with good libraries and librarians are more likely to produce well rounded students. Students with access to libraries often develop in critical thinkers and competent learners. Our goal for this program is to build libraries at the school that do not currently have one, to improve and expand on any existing libraries, and to provide library staff to assist students use the library.
Build facility to house a library at each school:
Provide the resources in the facilities to maintain literary resources
Secure the library space
Supply books and resources to fill the library
Provide bookshelves and furniture’s for library
Hire Librarians to manage the library
Utilize the library as a community center during after school hours (open library to the public)
There are numerous studies that have been conducted that shows the importance of reading and the ever so importance of having a library facility for students. This is evidenced in advanced nations, by the availability of libraries and media centers for students, and public community libraries. Libraries provide essential skills for college and job readiness. These skills include information retrieval and evaluation, as well as the ability to communicate data. These core competencies will come in handy in most university programs and careers. Additionally, students with effective library programs have higher graduation rates. This is particularly true in schools with vulnerable student populations. IFBA believes in this philosophy and have dedicated our efforts to providing libraries and resources at all of our partner schools.