There are many primary and secondary schools in the villages that surround the new Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC). All of these schools lack enough of the government-issued textbooks needed so that each student can read their lessons, study, and do their homework. Right now they do their best sharing the available books—sometimes twenty or more sharing a single book for a subject. We think they deserve better. The LCRC was built with rooms specifically designed to store and distribute textbooks for the local schools; all we need now is the money to buy them.
Our strategy is to collaborate with the district education office to match government purchases of textbooks in district schools, especially in the Nyegina area. The goal is to maximize the concentration of books in a school to lift the school higher in multiple grades at the same time, hopefully leading to better learning outcomes. As schools have more books for students, teachers can shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning, thereby improving test scores and graduation rates, especially from primary schools.