END OF SCHOOL YEAR 2022
We are in the midst of planning teacher training, ordering and shipping Montessori materials to schools in Haiti, Senegal and Ivory Coast. This year we have printed and distributed 1,620 books to our Montessori partner schools. This number will increase next year, since we could not reach many of our partner schools in Haiti because of the insecurity situation.
Our latest work has just arrived from the printer. This is a workbook for students in Mali who are studying to be Montessori teachers. The workbook has been translated from French into Bambara/Bamanakan, the most widely spoken indigenous language of Mali.
During colonisation French became the official language used in government and formal education in Mali. However, only 21% of the population speak French and almost all people who speak French in Mali speak it as a second language. Having books in Bambara/Bamanakan opens the learning experience to a much larger portion of the population. The workbook will not only be used for training Montessori teachers, but will also be a part of the “Bambara Electronic Library”.
The goal of this project is to strengthen the Bambarophone literate environment by creating an online library of Bambara literature. This will allow a wide audience easy access to literature in Bambara and, in effect, will help in the archiving and conservation of Mali’s cultural heritage.