Ruramira community gets mobile library
Ruramira Community in the Eastern District of Kayonza has become the fourth to receive a public mobile library.
The library which was launched at Ruramira Secondary School is an effort by Rwanda Education Board (REB) and the USAID-funded Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative.
The Community Mobile Library initiative promotes a culture of reading by providing communities with a variety of rich reading materials.
The Ruramira library committee and local leaders unveiled the library and showcased the books available for borrowing and reading. Students from primary and secondary as well as members of the community will read selected stories, and the committee will give a tour of the library throughout the community.
Like all Community Mobile Libraries, Ruramira’s is managed by a committee of community volunteers and contains 1,200 novels, anthologies, storybooks, and traditional Rwandan stories in both English and Kinyarwanda.
According to REB, the books appeal to a variety of interests and are appropriate for a wide range of reading levels. To maximize impact, the library will be shared with a number of neighboring communities.
Nkezabahizi Claude a library committee member says that the library will help the people have materials for reading and provide an opportunity to create a stronger culture of reading among students and everyone in their community.
The library committee says that there are many ways that adults can support their children’s reading.
They say adults can read stories to children, or illiterate adults can ask a child to read the story to them. They can also ask children questions about the stories and ensure that children have time for reading each day. Of course, parents can also bring them to the library.
“If the children go there at a young age, they can begin to develop the skills for reading. They will make a habit and continue for the rest of their lives,” says Nkezabahizi.
Libraries are already open to the public in Gicumbi, Bugesera, and Nyamagabe districts. Others in Ngororero, Ngoma and Nyaraguru are soon to open. By 2016, at least 80 will be established across the country.