Promoting literacy in society

2020-03-11 06:01

THE uMsunduzi Museum Library will be observing national Library Week with various activities from March 16 to March 18.

According to Elrica Henning of the organising committee, on March 16, they will be offering free computer training to a few pupils and some of their library patrons who have been identified as needing assistance.

“This initiative is being done in partnership with Boston College. We have an Internet café and noticed that some of our patrons are struggling to use the computers, so we thought of a way to assist them by approaching computer training facilities and asking them if they would be willing to spare some of their time,” said Henning, adding that the institution agreed, which is how they ended up partnering with them.

“They were just as excited to do something for the youth during Library Week. On March 17 and 18 we will be visiting ML Sultan School and Umvuzo High School to do a presentation on taking care of library books and we will be handing over some books donated by Oxford Publishers, who we have partnered with for the event,” said Henning.

The organiser explained that they approached the schools as they are still trying to grow their libraries and they don’t have Internet or computer facilities for all their pupils, so they wanted to make them aware of the uMsunduzi Museum Library and Internet café so that they can also make use of it if they need to do research for assignments, etc.

“We then approached Oxford to hear if they would be able to assist the schools by donating some books, that is how we ended up partnering with them,” said Henning.

SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) to be a commemorative period recognised by government when all types of libraries across the country use it as an opportunity to market their services in an effort to contribute to the understanding of the important role that libraries play in society.

These roles include advancing literacy, making access to information a reality, and to promote tolerance and respect among all South Africans.

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