Community Library Establishment Project
Every child and a community have the right to be educated no matter where s/he belongs to. Every child or youth matters because they are the significant treasure who would illuminate future of the nation. Likewise, the children and villagers of Thori, one of the remote regions of Nepal, are far behind the access to educational books. Keeping in mind the fact that education is an essential tool for the transformation of society leading it to positive development, MEI (Maya Education Initiatives) has pledged to dedicate and devote itself to establish community library at Chowk Bazar in Thori by coordinating with the BSW or BASW students who are doing internship with MEI from various colleges of Kathmandu.
Thori Village is located in Parsa District towards South – East of Nepal. MEI’s Community Library Establishment Project aims at playing the role to advance and enhance the quality of reader’s educational experience making them easy access to the library and its resources. The core agenda of the project is to provide adequate books that are required for the community and aims to run adult learning center. It also seeks to evoke awareness among the youth of the urban areas about what it pays to have the death of the academic resources which they have not experienced yet. Thus, MEI has decided to call upon students from colleges to offer a helping hand engaging themselves as a volunteer in our internship program.
The reason why we chose Thori for this project is its condition of being underdeveloped in different sectors and the backwardness in the educational system. Our project commits to enlighten the community through academic resources of our Community Library. We believe that this project also plays a vital social role by bringing readers together from different castes and cultures around the community which ultimately cement the social harmony among people. Our vision is to provide children and a community; a sense of limitless possibilities to be the hope of tomorrow through educational opportunity.
MEI is in need of support and cooperation from volunteers and interns of BSW/BASW in book collection campaign. MEI has decided to collect all the available books and resources from the various government bodies, associations and the stakeholders who are corresponding to the library and publication business. By doing so, volunteers would be benefited in many ways.
Most importantly, they will get an opportunity to explore themselves in a new arena bringing about best out of them by engaging themselves in various creative tasks. They will be assisting by MEI coordinators and teachers while being at the work site. While doing so, they are expected to feel free to inquire any essential information regarding the work and responsibilities.
Volunteers are also encouraged to share their perspectives and ideas which they think are necessary. It can also help them in establishing positive work habits, teamwork, team coordination, leadership and attitudes which is very much important for their successful professional life. Furthermore, we assure volunteers that our internship program will prove to be very fruitful in your future endeavors. MEI is very much sure of the fact that our internship program is really worth making volunteers realize the importance of being liberated through education so that they would also make an effort to make easy access of education all around the remote areas of Nepal. We eagerly look forward to getting your helping hands for the success of our community library establishment project 2017.
MEI’s first phase targeted is to engage students from at least 10 colleges in the campaign and on the way to our campaign many colleges students are participating in our campaign. By this time 8 colleges have already started to work in our campaign, as they are as follows:
- K & K International College
- Premier College
- Himalayan College
- Texas International College
- Pushpalal Memorial College
- Reliance International College
- Morgan International College
- Sagarmatha College
- Bajra International College
- Thames College
- St. Lawerance College
By now, MEI has successfully has collected more than four thousand (4000) books for the first community library in Thori, Parsa from the help of our coordinators, internship students, supporting organization and well-wishers.
Glimpse of our successful campaign:
A concept brought by MEI and Initiatives were taken by the young and energetic internship student from different colleges have run the successful campaign and which lead the campaign to collect more than 4000 books for the community library in Thori.
At the moment MEI is looking forward to raising the funds for the community library building renovation or building the new building from the locally available resources like wood, mud, sand, pebbles, cement and aluminum. The costing of the materials and labor is shown below:
Sand: 3 trucks
Pebbles: Quater Truck
Cement: 50 sacks
Stone: 1 Truck
Aluminium: 8 Rolls
Total Costing for the renovation of Community Library is ……………. we have got $ 500.
Plans for the renovation or building the new one, 2nd Week of January starting the workflow until the 4th week of January or by the latest 2nd week of February 2018. By the 3rd to 4th week of February furnishing the building and the opening ceremony of a community library.
- Making plans for community library establishment project
- Making proposal for colleges to participate in campaign
- Recruiting and Assigning Coordinators for the Campaign
- Visinting colleges as first approach and taking the date for the meeting
- First attended meeting and keeping the propposal to college to discuss in thier board
- Follow up to colleges for the positive decision to participate in Community Library Project campaign
- Final meeting for the participation of colleges in the campaign
- Visiting the college BSW classrooms and giving the presentation to students to convince them to participate in the campaign
- Taking the students in MEI office for first meeting
- Making arrangement for the students to work in their plans and strategies
- Preparing all the essential materials like as charts, photos, and videos on social media
- Guiding the students in the field on their first attempt to go to all the classrooms with an appeal to donate books for community library project
- Assigning meeting and task to students on their success or failure on the campaign
- Making the 2nd and 3rd plans and sometimes reassuring the students to keep the positive vibes
- Follow up and meeting the students up to 4 to 8 weeks before receiving the collected books
From this Campaign, MEI was able to collect 3500 books from 11 different colleges
Likewise, for the major and good books, MEI coordinates with different libraries, organization, embassy, and publication. In the process was able to collect 800-1000 books which are internationally renowned and valuable for the community library
And, if we convert all the books collected to monetized than it’s market value will be almost $25000/-
The amount of money spend on the campaign $1500/-
- Tea and Coffee
More over most important and that cannot be compared to money si the awareness campaign was successful and The Community Library Establishment Project 2017 was able to aware:
Direct Students: Avg. 800 students of 11 colleges = 8800
Colleges and other staff: Avg. 15 staff of 53 institutions = 795
Student Leaders: 3 of each party 9 Leaders
Social Media: 11 colleges students facebooks groups, twitter, messenger = almost 200 thousand people
NOTE: Min. 5 students participated from each college on the campaign. Assume 1 person has Avg. 1000 friends in social media and that participated students posted the content regularly as #ThanksGiving to he/her friend for donating the books in own social media profile and in groups.