Juliet Nabuduwa is playing a key role in setting up school libraries in Uganda. Juliet was selected to participate in a ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop with Book Aid International and Africa Educational Trust because of the energy, efficiency and enthusiasm with which she manages the library in Busimba Primary School, near Mbale, in Eastern Uganda.
The workshops are giving Lead Librarians like Juliet the skills and tools to train colleagues in other local schools. The training covers topics such as basic library management, reading to children, monitoring library activities and impact.
The Lead Librarians then actively support the establishment of new libraries in neighbouring schools and take a significant role in training all staff and head teachers so that schools gets maximum benefit from their new library.
Juliet has seen first-hand the impact of a library on a school. Africa Educational Trust helped set up the library in her school four years ago. Since then, Juliet has trained pupil librarians in every school year group. She helps pupils choose books and her face lights up when she discusses the success of her pupils who are achieving higher levels in school leaving examinations. She feels that the development of a reading culture is the key to students’ success.
Nine schools, 108 teachers and 7,905 primary school pupils in Uganda are already benefitting from training provided by Lead Librarians like Juliet who attended the Africa Educational Trust/Book Aid International workshop; many more will follow in the coming months and years.