Expanding UTSA’s global impact to Africa
Sixty children in a classroom, eager to learn. If they have to share books, they don’t complain.
This is what Misty Sailors saw children having to endure in parts of Africa as she embarked on projects collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and government leaders since 2005. Working with colleagues and students, Sailors has provided more than seven million reading books and teacher guides to about 3,200 schools in South Africa and Malawi. For the first time, children have their own books to read.
“More than 310 stories have been authored and are used as a basis for lessons in language, math and the natural sciences. And all the materials are printed in-country, helping to stimulate local economies.”
- Misty Sailors
“What makes the materials so unique is that all are written by the local teachers, telling stories that are relevant to the children's lives and often in a myriad of home languages,” says Sailors. “More than 310 stories have been authored and are used as a basis for lessons in language, math and the natural sciences. And all the materials are printed in-country, helping to stimulate local economies.”
Sailor’s work represents a strong focus on globalization underway at UTSA. Such projects are only possible with community support and are jeopardized by a lack of available funding. Program and endowment funds often make it possible for faculty such as Sailors to turn passions into opportunities for service-learning and research. When you give to UTSA, you can truly touch the world.
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