Libraries are where young learners break the cycle of illiteracy that contributes to poverty for many families in Cambodia. CFC’s libraries encourage learners through group activities, book-borrowing, and special programs.
Five primary school libraries, two junior high, and two high school libraries serve 6,600 students from K-12th grade. The Library Coordinator and her staff train with international teachers and set up programs to promote reading in the library and at home.
How do we do this?
- Regularly scheduled library classes for each grade
- Trained full-time librarians at each school, increasing student access and quality of library-use
- Parents and families come to community reading events
- High school library research program, the first of its kind in Siem Reap
- Planned library purchasing, ensuring growth of reading materials
- Busy libraries where students borrow books they would otherwise be unable to read
- Library use increase across the nine libraries at CFC schools
- Local CFC communities are beginning to invest through buying books for the libraries
- Approximately 250 adults utilize CFC libraries each year
Goals for the Future
- Increased community support in Cambodia
- Libraries stocked with new titles each year
- Provide CFC’s library training to teachers regionally