UN MDGs Thank You
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Left : Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President of the ST-EP Foundation and former UNWTO Secretary General at the Korea Library Festival, Seoul (Sept. 2007)
Center : H.E. Tadelech Dalecho, State Minister of Tourism, Ethiopia, Amb. Dho, Young-shim, UN SG Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Ban’s spouse, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University, Ethiopia (Jan. 2011)
Right : Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, handover ceremony of the TYSL Pilot Project in Abokobi Center, Ghana ,(Oct. 2007)

The UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) initiative has been designed and implemented by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation since 2007, in the framework of its commitment to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs), and particularly MDG 2: ‘to achieve universal primary education’.
The UN MDGs TYSL model is based on the Korean experience of development through education.
With a strong focus on community-based development and Public Private Partnerships, the UN MDGs TYSL initiative consists in establishing small libraries in areas where children do not have easy access to reading and studying facilities.
The main purpose is to promote the enjoyment of reading and learning, while offering a place where children can change their world through education, sports and music.
As of November 2013, 137 TYSLs in total had been handed over in 18 countries - Benin (4), Cambodia (1), Cameroon (1), China (1), Ethiopia (21), Gambia (2), Ghana (31 + 1 Hubb Library), India (3), Mali (5), Mongolia (3), Mozambique (5), Namibia (3), Senegal (12), South Africa (8), Tanzania (21 + 1 Hub Library), Vietnam (6) , Zambia (3) and Zimbabwe (5).

The establishment process of a UN MDG TYSLs does not require heavy investments from the beneficiary countries. Once the project has been approved by the authorities, it generally takes a couple of weeks to open a new UN MDGs TYSL.
The implementation process of UN MDG TYSL projects usually starts with a fact-finding mission carried out by the ST-EP Foundation in order to assess the locations for the libraries in cooperation with local counterparts.

Venues : The UN MDG TYSLs are established in existing premises (no new building is required), generally within elementary / primary schools or any relevant community center. If the project involves several UN MDGs TYSLs, all of them are usually close to each other in order to make the supervision easier.
Books : each library receives books (from 2,000 to 4,000), including text books, storybooks, non-fiction books, dictionaries, etc. Whenever possible, those books are purchased to local bookstores. Korean books in English/French are also provided
Educational posters and school supplies, including pens, pencils, pencils sharpeners, notebooks, pencil cases, etc.
Furniture : the Foundation supplies each library with wooden furniture, including bookshelves (up to 6), 5 round tables and 30 chairs, as well as 1 desk and 1 chair for the supervisor of the library. This furniture is always locally manufactured.
Each library also receives one computer set, with printer In some cases, an Information & Communication Technologies (IC&T) Center may be installed.
First-aid kits : each library receives a first-aid kit, in case children hurt themselves at the library.
Soccer balls, in order to promote Sports as an important part of child development.
UNAIDS Corners : since Nov. 2011, the Foundation has used the UN MDG TYSL initiative as a platform to educate the children about AIDS as a curable disease through educational books, pamphlets and posters about AIDS, in cooperation with UNAIDS.

May 2007 : Launching of the African Children Sing! Initiative in Ethiopia, with the International Federation for Choral Music ? IFCM
Oct. 2007 : Handover of the 2 UN MDGs Thank You Small Library Pilot Projectsin Ghana
April 2009 : First UN MDGs TYSL established in Olympafrica Center, Mozambique
Sept. 2011 : Adoption of UN MDG TYSL as an Action Plan of the UN MDGs Advocacy Group
Nov. 2011 : First UN MDGs TYSL with a UNAIDS Corner (Namibia) and First UN MDGs TYSL with an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center, Ethiopia
Dec. 2012 : First UN MDGs Hub Library (or UN MDGs TYSL for Adults) at the National Museum of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam
Aug. 2013 : Edition of ‘The Extraordinary Story of the 3-leaf Palm’ a children book in English and French, inspired by the Korean Saemaul Undong, Oct. 2013 : Signature of an MoU with UNAIDS and the Graduate School of Public Heath in Seoul, Korea, for the joint edition of a children book about HIV/AIDS for children in Africa, to be distributed through the network of UN MDGs TYSL.

The success of the UN MDGs TYSL initiative relies on sustainable partnerships with local governments, and particularly Ministries of Tourism, Ministries of Education, local coordinators trained by the ST-EP Foundation, community leaders, school principals and teachers, and local suppliers of books, furniture, books, etc.
To make this project a reality, ST-EP Foundation has been mostly supported by Korean partners form the Public and Private sectors such as:
Government of the Republic Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism of Korea (MCST), Korea International Cooperation Agency, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs of Korea, The National Library of Korea, Grand Korea Leisure ? GKL, Government of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Gangwon Province, Songpa district, Kookmin Bank, Korea Eximbank, KEPID, KOSCA, POSCO, Samsung Engineering, Chosun, Naeil newspapers
The UN MDGs TYSL initiative received a strong support from many global leaders and prominent figures such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former UN Deputy-Secretary General Dr. Migiro, members of the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group, Presidents and Ministers, Secretary-Generals of specialized UN agencies such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNAIDS, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, Presidents of International Organizations, and many others
For information about the latest UN MDGs TYSL handed over by the ST-EP Foundation, please check the ST-EP Updates section.

If you would like to contact a TYSL project manager, please send a mail to: tysl@unwtostep.org
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