IFBA Home Library Program
Growing up in Liberia, many students go through their entire primary and secondary educational careers without ever reading a book. Students are taught their basic subjects and they learn how to read purposely to be able to understand the subjects being taught. Reading is very important for many reasons. Most students in Liberia do not have books at home, nor do they have a library in the community that they can visit. We want to provide books to the students at our partner schools so that they can take it home and build their mini library collections at homes. This way students can have resources to practice their reading skills and improve their overall literacy. Here are more reasons why we believe that this program is fundamental:
Reading is fundamental to functioning in today's society.
A person is limited in what they can accomplish without good reading and comprehension skills.
Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills. It also helps them learn to listen.
A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it.
Reading is fundamental in developing a good self-image. Non-readers or poor readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. Many times they feel as if the world is against them.
The fact of the power of written ideas communicated through reading is a foundational reason why some governments oppose free and honest communication. Illiterate people are easier to control and manipulate. They cannot do their own research and thinking. They must rely on what they are told and how their emotions are swayed.
Initiative For A Better Africa believes that to end illiteracy, which can in effect help end poverty and corruption in Liberia, it is not enough for students to just go to school and read what is on the board. There are many students who cannot read or who read at a level below their current grade levels. Teachers at our partner schools are doing the best they can with the resources they have. However, we believe that having books at home to read will help students train themselves and practice reading. Giving books to each student to take home and read will help students improve their reading, and to create an interest in reading more books.