Pangea Educational Development (PANGEA) is a small nonprofit organization that believes in the liberating power and opportunities provided by a quality education. Our model was developed to empower communities to improve their own educational circumstances: the school environment, livelihoods of teachers, and access for under-resourced students and to do so in a way that is sustainable. We are a community of changemakers, mixed with staff, volunteers, and community champions. Each member of our community is working towards realizing our mission by dedicating their time and skills through a wholehearted commitment to it. As a result, we are equally dedicated to those who work with us.
The Mobile Library Program Description:
Access to texts in schools as well as in homes is a pervasive issue in Uganda. Access to books has traditionally been achieved through the investment of public libraries in addition to the emerging trend of school-based libraries. One of the ironic challenges with this approach is limited access. Books held in physical spaces often limit their availability only to those who are able to physically access that space, both by distance as well as by membership. Further, texts are often kept under “lock & key” in order to protect these highly prized items at the risk of not using them to their potential. These policies do not allow students to check out books and take them home. Without access to books, children will often fail to create a positive, consistent habit of reading, impacting their long-term academic success.
PANGEA launched its Mobile Library Program to deliver a vast collection of international and local storybooks to homes and schools across Wakiso, Gulu, and Imvepi Refugee Settlement. Each month, families and schools receive books for their children and students to read in exchange for a small Netflix-like subscription fee. This model lowers the cost to access and increases the variety of books that children are exposed to, helping create a culture of reading in the home and classroom. In turn, these small contributions sustain the program in perpetuity.
The Mobile Library Program Director will focus on growing the sustainability and impact of the Mobile Library Program within the communities we are currently working in, with an eye towards managing and developing school partnerships. The Program Director will oversee Mobile Library Program execution, manage the Mobile Library team, drive expansion, and develop sustainability through iterating on new recruiting methodologies. The Mobile Library Program Director will take the lead role in the execution of the following Primary Responsibilities and an assistant role on the following Secondary Responsibilities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
We are seeking an individual whose dedication to the value of education matches our own. We are seeking an individual who has a heart for empowering Ugandans to recognize the richness and importance of their cultural heritage and has a desire to share it with others. We are seeking an individual who is willing to work odd and sometimes long, exhaustive hours to do what is right and not just what is easy or will suffice. We are seeking an individual who can laugh as hard as they can work, someone who is not just looking for a job, but an avenue to pursue their passion.
Things We’ll Bring To The Table:
Reports to: Country Director
Contract Period: 3 Months Probationary Contract to Hire
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit an updated CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
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