Zambia Study Hubs pilot evaluation
In 2017, we worked in collaboration with the Zambia Ministry of General Education and the Zambia Library Service to implement the Study Hubs pilot project in four provincial libraries and 12 secondary school libraries across the country.
The aim of the Study Hub project is to provide additional support to secondary school students who are studying for their exams in order to help them complete their exams successfully and make well informed choices about their futures. This evaluation presents our findings.
Each school and provincial library received a donation of carefully selected books which would support students’ research and revision. This included supplementary texts in English, science, maths and other subjects and locally purchased curriculum books as well as fiction and leisure reading titles to help students relax between exams.
Provincial and school librarians also attended workshops in how to help students make the best possible use of books in the library as they study and revise. This included training in running exam preparation sessions using a special student guide created by Book Aid International.
– Increase in library visits
The launch of the new library collections in both the school and provincial libraries has led to an increase in the number of library visits and visitors.
– Increase in student confidence
Students report that the exam preparation sessions run by the librarian are equipping them with the skills to better understand and answer exam questions.
– New books helping students revise and learn
The new supplementary texts are helping students to read more widely around subjects, better preparing them for their exams.
Study Hubs Zambia is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Many thanks to players for their support of this project.