The US embassy has donated a library of 750 English-language books to the Thinadoo Primary School in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
“The United States supports expanding educational opportunities around the world,” said Young Hwan Joo of the US embassy to the students at the school.
“We hope that one day all of you will take your first steps to not only become future exchange students in the United States, but also leaders of your community and your country.”
The books, with a total cost of cost of $10,000, range from early to more advanced stories to text books and teaching aids. They will be used in classes, but also taken home for reading assignments and personal enjoyment, explained a US embassy press release today.
“Thank you very much for your support to our school,” said Principal Ajeeb Mohammed told embassy staff. “Our students, teachers and staff are delighted with your visit and we all believe that it will be a great milestone for our school.”
This is the second in a series of twelve book drops planned for islands in the outer atolls. The first took place in March 2014 in Fuvamulah.
“These donations address critical educational needs in remote areas where the delivery of books has been difficult,” continued today’s press release.