Exhibit on display in the Wells Library Scholars' Commons, June 17, 2019, through August 16, 2019.
For 10 years, IU's Books and Beyond program has provided an elementary school in Rwanda with books, literacy training and more. Led by IU students, the program works closely with the Rwandan community to provide educational opportunities for students and teachers. Books and Beyond has delivered 20,000 volumes of The World Is Our Home, a book of stories co-authored and illustrated by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students in both Rwanda and Bloomington, Indiana. The books are printed in Rwanda -- stories are both in English and Kinyarwanda -- and delivered to Kabwende Primary School students during a three-week camp that focuses on reading, writing and English conversation skills. Each year, teachers at Kabwende also undergo pedagogical, English and librarian training.
Over the past decade, IU has created meaningful programs and connections throughout Rwanda. It is the unlikely partnership, forged by Books and Beyond, that paved the way: ambassadors of IU’s goodwill and global engagement bringing their expertise and passion to forge a trail of partnership and support with the community in Rwanda. Beyond providing books, IU is committed to creating and expanding educational opportunities for children in both Rwanda and the United States.
This exhibit displays video footage, photos, and reflections from students involved with the Books and Beyond program. It also includes a variety of artifacts from Rwanda, and curated book selections from the IU Libraries collections.
Exhibit curated by Michael Courtney, Outreach & Engagement Librarian, Indiana University Libraries, and coordinated by Alyssa Denneler, Scholars' Commons Librarian, Indiana University Libraries.
Artifacts displayed in this exhibit are on loan from Vera Marinova.
Exhibit videos and accompanying captioning were produced by IU Communications - many thanks for the tremendous work of Nicole Wilkins (IU Communications), April Toler (IU Communications), and Alyssa Woolard (undergraduate student in Media and International Studies), who filmed many hours of footage while in Rwanda during summer 2018.
Finally, none of this would be possible without the dedication, enthusiasm, and countless hours of hard work performed by students at IU's Global Living-Learning Community, Harmony and Project Schools (Bloomington, Indiana), and Kabwende Primary School (Kinigi, Rwanda).