Rotary Partners With Community Libraries to Boost Reading Culture

The Rotary Club of Sonde has partnered with community libraries to assist learners to enhance reading and writing skills during the holidays.

The initiative is part of the program launched by Rotary District 9213 in July last year named BELEP – Basic Education and Literacy Enhancement Programme – with a campaign of ‘Drop Everything And Read’- DEAR Day.

Sonde Rotary Club patterned with the Youth Rising community library in Ntenjeru Sub County and Kiyunga Community library in Nama Sub County.

Sonde Rotary Club President, Connie Masaaba says they rolled out ‘DEAR Day’ in schools but the continuity of the program stops whenever schools close for holidays.   

 “To assist learners to continue with the program, we chose to dedicate a week working with community libraries since they are already connected to people, they easily mobilize learners as well convince parents to allow their children to join the program,” Masaaba notes.

 She also adds that working with community libraries has given them an opportunity to sensitize adults about the reading culture.

Caroline Kavuma, a Lecturer at Kyambogo University and also the coordinator for BELEP says reading at community libraries is practical. She said that when children read about farming, they as well make references to what they have read in gardens. 

She appealed to the Ministry of Education to adopt the same system of using community libraries to enhance performance among learners but also boost the facilities with books and reading shelters.

“If we can convince at least one person to read a book in the community, with this we are sure we shall have improved reading culture, promote maternal and child health and protection of the environment since it is the main content in the books that we supply most,”  Kavuma says.

Richard Wafula, the Project Manager at Youth Rising Community Library says the week spent with the rotary team has helped them master more skills for guiding learners to read. They also received more books, and parents who managed to attend have as well promised to buy books for their children.  

Rotary Governor for District 9213, Mike Ssebalu says so far over twenty clubs have partnered with community libraries to enhance the reading culture mainly among children.

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