Reading Initiative Salone (RISE) Network trains 50 librarians
Reading Initiative Salone (RISE) Network has trained 50 school librarians across the country. The training workshop took place at the Sierra Leone Library Board in Freetown, recently, funded by the African Library project in the USA.
The workshop was as a result of the shipment and distribution of a giant container of assorted books to the country for school libraries across the country. Being a composition of four institutions, namely, Society for Knowledge Management, the Sierra Leone Library Board, Village Link and the Learning Foundation, Rise Network with the cooperation of the ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has been expressing the need for more schools to have libraries to promote education and the culture of reading.
Director, Society for Knowledge Management Sierra Leone, Umaru Bangura, informed that the training would be followed by monitoring assessment of the schools that benefited from the training and, of course, the learning and teaching materials. Explaining at the opening ceremony of the two days work shop, Bangura said the training was to provide participants with the required dimensions of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to function as effective school librarians. He further explained that the network has formed strong partnership with the African Library Project and has now successfully accomplished three out of four of their joint objectives.
In her statement, Mrs. Wusha Conteh of the Sierra Leone Library Board underscored the need for use of the library. She told participants that the culture of reading in Sierra Leone is lacking, noting that people are not making proper use of the twenty libraries nationwide.
According to facilitator: Solomon Sellu, Head of Department, Library Archives and Information Studies, FBC USL, the main reason for the establishment of libraries in schools, is to complete the teaching and learning process.
By Ilyasa Baa
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