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International Literacy Day and APLA Grows a Library in Mali

September 2010


In conjunction with International Literacy Day ( http://www.unesco.org/en/literacy/ ), September 8th, APLA's Grow a Library Committee announces a new partnership with CODE, formerly known as the Canadian Organization for Development through Education,

 ( http://www.codecan.org ) to sponsor the Abdoulaye Maiga School and Community Library in Tabakoro, in the Sikasso Region of Mali.


With this project APLA builds on its relationship with CODE and fulfills a long held desire to partner with a francophone library. The Abdoulaye Maiga School and Community Library is located in Tabakoro, a rural community in Koumantou commune within the administrative circle of Bougouni (Sikasso region). The library is a partnership between five villages in the region, the Centre d’animation pédagogique (CAP or Pedagogical Support Center), the National Investment Agency of Territorial Authorities (ANICT) and ALED (CODE’s partner in Mali). The library was founded in 1994 and named after the late Abdoulye Maiga, former Director of the Centre d’animation pédagogique. The library provides services to the school, which has 667 students, and to the community.


CODE believes that “if you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything.” Literacy and education have the power to change lives and schools and libraries can be places where that transformation is encouraged and enabled. You can help the Grow a Library Committee reach its goal of raising $2500.00 in support of the Abdoulaye Maiga School and Community Library by:



To share your ideas, to find out how you can participate, or for more information contact a member of the Grow a Library Committee (http://www.apla.ca/grow).


Thanks,

Donald Moses ([log in to unmask])

on behalf of APLA's Grow a Library Committee