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Building the capacity of librarians in Myanmar — KnowledgeDOT

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The HEAD Foundation partnered with KnowledgeDOT in 2018 to support literacy among children, including out-of-school children, in Myanmar. The project developed the capacity of librarians to develop and run children programmes and services that instil early literacy skills.

A UNICEF report stated that in Myanmar, less than 55% of the children enrolled in schools complete the primary cycle. With nearly 7,000 libraries across Myanmar, they have the potential to reach out-of-school students and transform lives in communities that traditional institutions are unable to reach.

The Myanmar government has developed a Master Plan to aid Myanmar libraries in their modernising efforts. The Master Plan outlines the need for libraries to adapt to the changing environment, to offer relevant resources and services in both digital and print formats and to provide an inclusive space opened to all.

KnowledgeDOT, a Singapore-based organisation set up by Valerie Siew and Amarjeet Kaur, former staff of Singapore’s National Library Board, in partnership with colleagues from the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation and the Myanmar Library Association, has designed and delivered a train-the-trainer programme to equip 25 Master Librarians with skills needed to run future-ready libraries. The programme aims to improve the competencies of public and school librarians through six modules:

  1. Mission of Librarians: A Global Perspective
  2. Understanding the Customer Journey
  3. Developing Services to Meet Community Needs
  4. Developing an Early Literacy Programme
  5. Developing Sustainable Partnerships
  6. Promoting and Marketing of Library Services

These modules, informed by a preliminary survey of the participants, were taught in pairs over three face-to-face and blended learning workshops.

View more photos from the workshops below. (Photography by KnowledgeDOT)

 

The Foundation has also supported a literacy programme by Aide et Action to bring mobile libraries and e-learning to rural children in Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos.

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