The library in Maguu has been operational for just over a year now. Between its opening in mid-December 2010 and the end of 2011 there were a total of 7,138 visits to the library, which corresponds to roughly 20 visits per day. The segment of the population that utilized the library the most was primary school pupils, accounting for 3,124 (44%) of the visits. Secondary school students also attended the library frequently, accounting for 2,693 (38%) of the visits. The remainder of the visits came from villagers.
The year has been good for the library. While it started with a fairly limited collection, the library now has books for all regular subjects taught from Standard 1 in primary school through Form IV (equivalent to the end of high school). There is also a good number of children's books, novels, and textbooks that have been donated or were purchased. Starting in March the library also began receiving three daily newspapers, Nipashe, Mwananchi, and The Guardian.
In May the library had its grand opening, which was officiated by the District Commissioner of Mbinga. Everyone is very excited about the library and the event was well-attended. Simon Mahai, the chairman of MACOBICA, our local partner, opened the ceremony. A number of students performed traditional dances, sang songs, and recited poems. There were speeches by Christian Ndunguru on behalf of MACOBICA, TETEA's vice-president Gregory Haman, former ambassador to the US Asterius Hyera, and, of course, the District Commissioner. The event even received a column in Mwananchi, a major newspaper in the country. Swahili speakers who miss the long, elaborate ceremonies in Tanzania can find a 2 hour long video of the event on Youtube.
This year we're hoping to increase the number of subject books, expand the section of agricultural related material, add more Swahili literature, and start a section in the library devoted to authors from Tanzania and the region. We also plan on exploring the addition of solar powered lights in order to extend library hours into the evening. Thanks again to all of the donors who made this project possible!
For more details, visit our library page.
Scholarship Project Update
This year we have identified four Form I scholars who have demonstrated exceptional financial need as well as academic potential. They are studying at London, Msamala, Ruvuma, and Hagati Secondary Schools. Two of them, Luciana and Amina, still remain to be sponsored. If you are interested in sponsoring one of them, please visit our website. Tetea currently supports 28 students.
Thanks again to our current sponsors.
More information about our scholarship project is available on our website.