Focus and Scope

College students at Indiana University are paired with students from TEAM schools, and the writing partners work together to author and illustrate children's stories. At the same time, students at the Kabwende Primary Center write and illustrate their own stories. These stories are compiled into an annual anthology which is distributed to 2,000 students and teachers at Kabwende Primary Center to be used for English language instruction.

Peer Review Process

Stories are chosen by student authors and editors at IU and TEAM Academy who work together to compile the stories into the anthology.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The World is Our Home

Books & Beyond is a collaborative project of Newark Collegiate Academy (Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.), Indiana University’s Global Village Living-Learning Center (Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.) and Kabwende Primary School (Musanze, Rwanda).  Books & Beyond is an innovative, newly established project which promotes intercultural communication, literacy skills, advancement of education, and service-learning by engaging students in authoring, illustrating, publishing, and marketing a collection of short stories.  Working in small pairs, IU’s Global Village students mentor Newark Collegiate Academy high school students and together the partners develop short stories that are compiled into a book and sent to Rwanda.  Copies of the book, along with teacher training guides and professional development workshops being developed for Kabwende Primary, will serve as models for the Rwandan students to create their own books.  The Rwandan students’ stories will be sent back to the United States, compiled in an anthology with the existing stories from New Jersey and Indiana, and will be sold, with the profit from the anthology returning to Kabwende in Rwanda.  Along the way, students acquire skills in authoring, mentoring and collaborating, intercultural communication, grant writing, documenting and fundraising.

Sources of Support

Journal History

Books & Beyond is a cross-cultural literacy exchange for students and teachers from Indiana University’s Global Village Living-Learning Center (Bloomington, IN), TEAM Schools (Newark, NJ), and the Kabwende Primary Center (KPC) (Kinigi, Rwanda). The project focuses on developing models for cross-cultural teaching and learning. Books and Beyond also seeks to foster global citizenship by promoting communication and understanding amongst students from diverse backgrounds in the United States and Rwanda.

Students from the Global Village work to raise money over the course of the year for the publishing of the books. Once complete, the books are delivered to the Kabwende Primary Center, where they are used as English language learning materials, helping to combat the Rwandan book famine, support cross-cultural collaboration, encourage mentoring activities among students of different ages, and provide resources for teachers to teach more effectively.