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Community Library Program Intern

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : World Literacy of Canada
Acronyme : WLC
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : World Literacy of Canada (WLC) is a non-profit organization that has been working in the field of international development and social justice since 1955. WLC supports literacy and community development initiatives in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka by working with communities, educational institutions and NGO partners. Our work is focused around 8 programs: Adult Literacy; Children's Education; Health Education; Social Enterprise; Advocacy; Capacity Building; Public Engagement and Fundraising. WLC believes that illiteracy is rooted in the prevailing social, cultural and economic conditions of a country and is linked to poverty, disadvantage and exclusion. We see literacy as an essential element in the struggle for justice, human dignity and equality. WLC believes that literacy is a basic human right that is essential to the development process. WLC supports community-based programs which are relevant to expressed community needs and which emphasize non-formal education. We give priority to projects that integrate functional adult literacy programming into the overall development agenda, as well as prioritizing projects that focus on improving life for women and their families. We work to establish a clear link between our work abroad and our Canadian programming by building relationships with selected partner communities in developing countries and with community-based groups and educational institutions in underserved regions of Canada.
Adresse : 401 Richmond Street West, Studio 236
Toronto, Ontario,
M5V 3A8
FAX: (416) 977-1112
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Personne ressource : Emily Antze
Courriel : eantze@worldlit.ca
Pays : Inde
Ville : Varanasi
Secteur : Éducation
Description du stage : WLC's Community Library Program is a program that brings small literacy libraries to isolated communities in the rural regions of Uttar Pradesh. In order to deliver literacy programming in these remote regions, WLC enlists the help of locally based NGO partners. Currently, we have constructed modest village libraries, or 'gumptis' as they are locally known, at long-standing NGO partner locations.

The intern will work directly within WLC's Community Library Program to strengthen basic reading and writing skills in rural communities. WLC's Community Libraries, or 'gumpti libraries' as they are locally known, are an important component of WLC's Adult Literacy Program emphasizing non-formal education at the local level.

In Canada
The first and final month of the 8 month internship are to take place in Toronto, so the intern can become familiar with the WLC organization prior to departure, and have appropriate support during the debriefing/reintegration period afterwards. The intern will be assigned to the Toronto-based 'Overseas Program Manager' who will act as a mentor during the internship. The Overseas Program Manager will facilitate the intern's training and orientation sessions in order to provide insight on the focus area that the intern will be investigating during the 6 months of work in India.

The intern will attend relevant staff meetings and program committee meetings in order to learn about WLC's Community Library Program in India. The intern will also review past reports on the program and conduct research on community literacy work as it pertains to the context of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Overseas
While in India, the intern will work closely with the Literacy Program Manager to assist with the coordination and delivery of the Community Library Program. In addition to managing specific day-to-day details of the program, the role of the intern will be to evaluate the effectiveness of these libraries, to appraise the 'gumpti library project', and to provide recommendations for expansion. This will involve researching rural program partners, surveying program sites, conducting community mapping exercises and providing recommendations for the development of the program.

Essentially, the Community Library Program intern will study the linkages between basic education, literacy and community development. Interns may also be compelled to conduct feasibility studies on specific program ideas such as a community book-sharing program, a family story-telling program, and/or a mobile community library facility. The intern is encouraged to make recommendations, within a sustainable livelihoods context, about ways to increase access to basic literacy skills through the Community Library Program.

The intern will also contact and meet with various individuals and organisations in India, such as librarians, educational faculty members, etc., in order to network at the local, state, national and international level. The aim of this networking will be to explore possibilities for partnership, to acquire resource material for the libraries and to raise awareness about community literacy, basic education and adult learning.

Basic education, family literacy, storytelling, advocacy and gender will all be cross cutting themes to this internship.
Organisation d'accueil : World Literacy of Canada - Banaras Branch Office
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The overseas host organisation is World Literacy of Canada's Banaras Branch Office - essentially this is WLC's overseas program office. Staff at the office work in tandem with our Toronto office in order to deliver our Overseas Program work. The staff therefore adhere to WLC's mandate and guiding principles.