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Monthly Newsletter of EBCEF Vol. 1 It isNo.

1 that 'Mammo Kilo'


recalled October
or 'Silly2006

EBCEF's Publishing Project

Publishing good quality Children's books based It is recalled that 'Mammo Kilo' or 'Silly
on Ethiopian culture and history is one of the Mammo', the retelling of traditional Ethiopian
main goals of Ethiopian Books for Children and folk tale, written by Yohannes Gebregorgis, was
Educational Foundation (EBCEF). EBCEF took also published by EBCEF in July 2005 by
a step forward by publishing another dual- Ethiopian Children's Book Publishing Project of
language children's book entitled ' The Lion's EBCEF and was provided freely to
Tail' or 'Yeanbesa Chira' this month. disadvantaged children and regular library users
of Shola Children's Library.

Ewket Fana School, Selected for School


Library Project

Ewket Fana Elementary and Secondary School


has been selected for a model school library site
for the School Library Project of EBCEF. The
funding of the Model Library is provided by
Noel Cunningham and his wife Tammy.
The book by Award-Wining Author and
President of EBCEF Jane Kurtz was translated Once the library room is ready, EBCEF will
from English to Amharic by Yohannes provide bookshelves, chairs, tables and other
Gebregiogis and illustrated by the renowned essential library equipments, and books that are
Artist Eshetu Tiruneh. appropriate to the needs of the students and
required for the initial library set up.
'The Lion's Tail' is published in Ethiopia by
Children's Book Publishing Project (CBPP) of When the library opens, it will provide
Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational information and serves as a reading place for
Foundation (EBCEF) with generous financial more than 800 children and staff in the school.
support of 'Room to Read. The Model Library will be inaugurated in April,
during the ‘Ethiopian Children's Book Week’ of
The book will be donated to underprivileged EBCEF.
children, regular Shola Children's Library users
and different school libraries with hardly any Tila Association Sponsors Children
reading books.
Tila Association sponsored six children (five
girls and one boy) from Shola Children's

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Library and sanitation program participants of had the chance to visit different classrooms and
EBCEF. The association pays their school fees talk to the children about books and reading.
and buys educational materials, and uniforms.
Shola Children's Library was visited by forty
One of the girls was forced to drop out of school orphan children from Missionaries of Charity on
because she was incapable of paying her school 12 October. The Children came to the library
fees and buy educational materials. With the accompanied by volunteers working for
help of Tila Association, the girl continued her Missionaries of Charity.
education. All the others are going to school for
the first time, though they are pass school age.

Since it was their first trip to the library for most


of the children, orientation was given on basic
library usage by the library manager. The
Members of Tila Association call on the children read different books for three hours.
children at Shola Library every Saturday to
check on their progress and help them with their Gloria Simoneaux, Executive Director of Draw
studies. Fitsum Andargachew, representative of Bridge-An Art Program for Homeless Children,
Tila Association, stated that the program is was one of the volunteers EBCEF welcomed
permanent and more children will be this month.
incorporated in the program in the near future.

Volunteers and Visitors

Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational


Foundation welcomed visitors and volunteers of
different occupations.

Mr. Noel Cunningham and his wife Tammy,


donors/sponsors/ of the Model School Library to
be established in Ewket Fana School, visited
Shola Children's Library and three government
and public schools on October 16, 2006. All
visited schools are selected for EBCEF's School
Library Project. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham
observed that libraries, which have great impact
on the teaching and learning process, were non-
existent in these schools. During their visit, they
Gloria gave special art classes for sixty-five Different activities will be held through out the
children (38 girls and 27 boys) from 17-21 week. EBCEF's anniversary, Art Day, and 'Book
October 2006. During the program, the children and Bread Day' are some of the occasions that
had a chance to express their feelings, likings, will be celebrated during the Ethiopian
and life through painting. Gloria was pleased by Children's Book Week.
the effort the children showed to learn more
from the program. The Second Golden Kuraz Award

Ato Zenebe Ayalew, Director of HOPE The second Golden Kuraz Award will also be
Enterprises and Cassie Williams, Institutional presented to the Best Ethiopian Children's Book
Development Officer, visited the Shola published between January 2004 and December
Children's Library on October 14. 2006 during the fourth Book Week.

HOPE Enterprises is an organization that works The main purpose of Golden Kuraz Award is to
on literacy and other educational programs in reward literacy excellence and encourage
Ethiopia. Ethiopian Books for Children and writing and publishing of good quality
Educational Foundation (EBCEF) in children's books in Ethiopia.
collaboration with HOPE Enterprises will work
on the establishment of school libraries in Star Reader Award
HOPE Schools in Addis Ababa and Dessie.
Starting from April 2007, EBCEF will present
The Fourth Ethiopian Children's Book Week the first Star Reader Award for the best reader
from the users of Shola Children's Library every
The fourth Ethiopian Children's Book Week year. This annual award is believed to motivate
will be celebrated from 1-7 April 2007 with a children to read more.
theme 'Readers are Leaders'. The theme will
encourage children to be readers in order to be
leaders in every field.
Data of Shola Children's library users
Month Registered Actual New Actual Users Total Frequency of
Users Visit
October/2006 Male Female Male Female
723 424 90 63 1300 3954

Data of Awassa Reading Center users

Month Registered Actual New Actual Users Total Frequency of


Users Visit
October/2006 Male Female Male Female
404 273 81 83 841 868

Data of Awassa Donkey Mobile Library users

Month Registered Actual Users New Actual Users Total Frequency of


Visit
October/2006 Male Female Male Female
502 340 114 91 1047 1349