WGEP Libraries Engage Thousands

WGEP Program Manager Lily Messih and Program Officer Kirsten Turpel recently traveled to Senegal for a field visit and program evaluation. During their stay, they were able to witness firsthand the impressive impact our new library and computer centers are having in the region. Through the Our Sisters Read program, in partnership with USAID, we operate two ICT centers, one in the village of Sokone and another in Toubacouta. The centers host a large library of books, computer labs and meeting rooms for the community’s use. These centers have generated immense levels of enthusiasm and support for the Our Sisters Read literacy program among students, parents, teachers and community members.

Last month alone, the centers welcomed 1,530 visitors! These centers offer unprecedented access to books and technology in the region, meaning that many students travel long distances to visit these centers. Activities include checking out books, taking computer classes and improving reading and writing skills through our fun and engaging literacy activities. We have open visiting hours every Wednesday and students voluntarily come to the centers after school or during school holidays to participate in our activities.

See more photos from the trip HERE!

Pictured: Students at our Sokone computer center.

December 13th, 2016