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.