Guest blogger, Michael Gottfried details his journey with African Library Project and sending libraries to African youth.
It was a crisp fall afternoon in October 2009, when my professor, Dr. Jim Nolan, asked our Education Freshman Seminar a question that would not only influence my Penn State experience and impact my life, but change the lives of many others as well.
Dr. Nolan explained how a former student was working in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, and how his school was in dire need of books to help improve the quality of education. That student reached out to Dr. Nolan and explained how an organization called the African Library Project helped schools like his, and he encouraged Penn State to get involved. On that autumn afternoon, Dr. Nolan brought the idea to our class, explained its impact and pitched the idea to us. He asked, “Who is willing to step up and take the lead on this?”
I don’t usually make decisions or commitments that quickly. With a split second to decide, I chose to take the risk and raise my hand. As a future teacher, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to help others, while helping improve education.