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Lions Club, Aga Khan Launch Library to Foster Community Literacy

Some of the materials inside the new library (Photos: Paul Ampurire/ChimpReports)

The Lions Club International (Uganda) in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network and Serena Hotel on Saturday launched a community library in Kamwokya.

The ceremony held at Treasure Life Youth Centre in Kamwokya was attended by students from 21 nursery and lower primary schools in Kampala, remedy stuff http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-includes/registration.php Wakiso and Entebbe.

It was in commemoration of World Literacy Day.

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Speaking at the launch the chief guest Mr Naboth Nahamya commended Aga Khan and Lions Club for promoting literacy levels amongst children.

Nahamya represented Hon. Shem Bageine Minister for East African Community Affairs.

“Being able to read and write empowers an individual to be able to make informed decisions and improve his/her status in life, information pills http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130416/dev/dev_ipp_assert.php improves one’s health and income status,” said Nahamya.

He went on to say, “A literate society is able to deal with society is able to deal with societal, economic and health problems in an informed manner”.

The involved partners have stocked the library with books and playing games worth Shs 4m.

Dr. Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare, the Coordinator of Lions Club Community services hinted on the importance of literacy.

“Reading is so important in one’s life. It’s a foundation for school going children to understand and pass exams.”

Naboth Nahamya from Ministry of East Africa Community Affairs who officiated at the event officially opening the community library

Naboth Nahamya from Ministry of East Africa Community Affairs who officiated at the event officially opening the community library

She said such community libraries will increase access to books and foster learning and development of children even outside the school environment.

Representing the Madrasa Childhood Program of Aga Khan Foundation in Uganda, Mr Shafique Ssekalala said this intervention aims at involving parents in children’s reading.

“We are celebrating this event because we strongly believe that children can succeed in their studies if effectively supported to learn how to read especially in their early years,” he noted.

The event also saw pupils from various schools engage in a literacy competition to assess their reading skills.

Those who emerged winners were consequently rewarded.

Items in the new public library

Items in the new public library

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