Join the movement for girls' rights Our research shows that in Yunnan, Ningxia and Shaanxi provinces, less than 1 in 3 children read books outside of school. In addition, although many school have their own library rooms, nearly two-thirds of children seldom or never read books in them.
This is often because teachers don’t have the knowledge or means to catalogue the books correctly and track when they have been borrowed. As a result, the libraries are inaccessible and don’t encourage children to read.
Accessible libraries and books
In response, Plan International China has initiated a project that supports children to run their own school libraries alongside local partner organisation 1kgbook.
I think information technology is important and will be very helpful in the future
As part of the project, children, especially girls, are encouraged to become volunteer members of library management teams. They are provided with and trained to use child-friendly book management software and barcoding equipment so they can create simple library administration systems that make books easily available to their peers.
Valuable digital skills for girls
Hui, a girl from Yunnan Province, is a volunteer on her school’s library management team. “It is really incredible that I can use the bar code scanning gun to enter dates and track books,” she says.
“My volunteer work is so cool! I think information technology is important and will be very helpful in the future for my jobs. I can type 60 characters per minute now and know how to use search engines to look for solutions when there are problems.”
Fang, another member of the library management team says, “When I grow up, I want to develop some great software to help people read more.”