I just read a fascinating and informative article that details a comprehensive study conducted in Pennsylvania that illustrated the profound importance librarians play at school. The study found that advanced writing scores are three times more likely in schools with a full-time librarian. Not only this, but students with access to well-resourced libraries are two to five times more likely to score ‘advanced’ in writing than ‘students without such libraries’.
This study backs the results we are beginning to see and expect to keep seeing from the libraries that we are donating. At the Field-Marsham Foundation we are strong proponents of providing quality resources that are academically and culturally enriching and provide students with the skills that they need in today’s world. We hope that reports like the Pennsylvania study and the impact of libraries, like ours, will become mandatory or at least made a priority for schools across Africa.