Local Volunteers Pack Up Books Bound For MalawiPosted: Updated:
They're helping students in Africa learn to read.
On Tuesday, volunteers in Watertown packed up 5,000 books, called easy readers, that are headed for students at 15 schools in the northern region of Malawi.
The Malawi Early Literacy Team received a grant from the Watertown Sunrise Rotary, Watertown Noon Rotary and Clayton Rotary to design and publish 10 new titles, based on daily Malawi life and culture.
"These children still walk a dirt path an hour a two or day to get to school, they go to the village shared well as their water source and they live in homes without any electricity. So, books with a vacuum cleaner or Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are not appropriate for them. So actually the 10 titles we designed were at the recommendation of our teachers," said Heather White, Malawi Early Literacy Team Committee.
A group from the north country will travel to Malawi with the books at the end of May and while they are there they will train the teachers on how to use the books to teach the students to read in English.
The group is accepting donations to help with the shipping expenses.