Creating Study Hubs

For secondary school pupils around the world, exams are a time of intense study and libraries offer crucial places to revise in peace.

Passing exams is critical to enabling young people to find jobs and succeed in their future endeavours. Support which helps students to approach their exams with confidence can set them up for success at this important juncture in their lives.

Libraries around the world receive thousands of young people seeking information and a place to revise, but all too often they are forced to operate without the books students need or specialist knowledge of how to support them as they prepare for exams.

A packed library in Uganda during exam time

How we are helping

We are partnering with libraries to create Study Hubs which are tailored to the needs of students who are revising for their exams. In each library, we will:

  • Provide grants for the purchase of locally published curriculum books
  • Donate supplementary texts for English, maths, science and other subjects as well as fiction and non-fiction for reading for pleasure, rest and relaxation
  • Train librarians in how best to support users who will soon sit exams and equip them with the skills to run exam preparation sessions in local libraries
  • Provide study guide materials full of top exam tips
  • Support libraries to set up Secondary School Outreach services offering revision materials on loan to secondary schools

Together, these services will create a space in public libraries where students can find the support they need to pass their exams and cement the library’s central role as a centre for learning.

Project pilot

Thanks to funds from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Study Hub pilot is being run in Zambia from four provincial libraries in Kasama, Choma, Solwezi and Lusaka.

Librarians have now received training, the books have arrived and the first study hubs are now open. We look forward to hearing how the students in their communities use their Study Hubs over the coming months.

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