Work started on building the Library in 2002, when Trustee Fiona Beach-MacGeagh started the foundation for the building after her Gap Year. Following many years and the help of other volunteers, the Library was completed in 2007.
With the help of AirBus and a shipping container, we were able to get over 70 boxes of books shipped to the school, all through donations. It was a huge success, and for the first time children at the school were able to read books independently.
St Francis School in Pewsey has been funding the cost of a dedicated Librarian for the school. This ensures that the library is kept in good order, as well as supporting the girls with their reading and running reading group.
As for many children and teachers in the school, English is not the first language, so the importance for accurate and easy to access reading materials for all levels of reading will be of huge importance and a great help to their English skills. Therefore having the resource of the Library will give all of the children a head start in future education and getting a job.
Benefits of the Library
Improving English Skills
A small amount of reading for each child does wonders for their English understanding.
Learning outside the classroom
The library is very easily accessible, and provides a great opportunity for extra education.
A relaxed environment
This is a place that can be used anytime, and is perfect for the weekends when the children have no lessons.
For the orphans
As the orphans live in the school, this gives them a resource to access during the holidays.
These games are able to help with various skills, especially numeracy. Snakes and Ladders is a favourite!
The Librarian is able to help the children with their reading, to further their understanding.