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Zambezi Electronic Library

The Zambezi Electronic Library (ZEL) is a community resource for kids of all ages in Zambezi, in the North-West Province of Zambia, to study, learn, and discover through videos, books, and other digital assets.

Thousands of books and videos ...

The main component of the Zambezi Electronic LIbrary (ZEL) is an offline server called Rachel that accesses thousands of videos, textbooks, and other materials. Kids can take advantage of educational videos (Khan Academy), an offline version of the most used encyclopedia (Wikipedia), fiction books, Saylor textbooks, and much more. Kids can discover English/grammar, math, science for all ages, business and entrepreneurship, history, African art, and more. They use computers and tablets to access the materials through Bluetooth. We've also recently added access to the Internet, which will make a big difference for kids wanting to do more complex research, as well as to learn about potential colleges and other opportunities.

The library is staffed by graduates of Lord's Mountain—it's an ever-changing rotation, as new kids join when others head off to college and other tertiary opportunities. We like to think of it as a revolving door, a place to gain some experience and a little bit of money. And when it's time to go, one of their younger brothers or sisters will take the spot.

 

The staff helps kids with their homework, school projects, and studying for the grade 7, 9, and 12 exams. If the kids feel they need some extra tuition in a subject matter, the staff will guide them to the proper resources.

And exciting news! The office has moved to a larger space near the market, for higher visibility. Their biggest competition comes from gaming outlets, but a steady stream of kids continues to come and use ZEL. We've also hired Justin, a smart young man who teaches at the nearby high school, to act as a consultant.

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Meet The Staff

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Karen
Manager

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Jacob M.
Assistant Manager

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Chris
Staff

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Given
Staff

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Frank
Security

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Justin
Consultant

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Mende
Business Manager

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