Notes from the Field: Books for Africa


Steve Le, 2010 Teach with Africa fellow, is an English teacher and the co-director of the Service Learning program at Pacific Ridge School, in Carlsbad, CA.

LEAP’s Learning Center employs immigrants from all over Africa, offering them a chance to develop their English skills and to train for job interviews. Most of these immigrants were engineers, teachers, and scientists in their home country, but without the language skills they cannot get a job in South Africa.

One of the LC’s employees, “Papa” Chris, an energetic and neatly-dressed man, manages a program called Books for Africa, which works with Rotary International and townships surrounding Cape Town to bring books into township schools.

The goal of Books for Africa and its partners is to build a library in each township school, reaching especially K-6 students to develop their English language skills.

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