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March 28, 2013

Sierra Leone PEN has successfully run school clubs since 2007, there are now 34 school clubs across the country’s four regions. There are over 1500 pupils participating in this programme which seeks to address the low literacy rates in the country and the lack of awareness about the importance of reading and writing. The Centre publishes a regular magazine which showcases work from school clubs and runs an annual creative writing competition for members of the school clubs.

To further improve the access of schools and local communities to reading materials Sierra Leone PEN is planning to build libraries in 20 of the participating schools in 2013. To ensure the success of the project and raise awareness about the school libraries Sierra Leone PEN is planning to hold community workshops and organise trainings for local teachers and facilitators on how to run community libraries and organise literary programmes.

Sierra Leone PEN Centre’s activities form part of a new International Programmes initiative jointly supported by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The initiative aims to support civil society and capacity building activities in several countries including, among others, Zambia, Philippines, Central Asia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ghana, Guinee, Malawi and Puerto Rico.

For more information please contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács: emese.kovacs@pen-international.org

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