Construction and Development partnership (CODEP) yesterday handed over 10,000 books and furniture to the Reading Culture Committee at Waterloo.
CODEP Logistic Manager, Rosetta Kargbo disclosed that the items will be distributed to 43 schools in the community.
She explained, “We’ve done our need assessment and we will be distributing the consignment according to the size of the school.” She said.
Rosetta explained that since the books are so many they have sought the help of expert librarians from the Sierra Leone Library Board to help sorting out the books.
Build on Books Coordinator, Lori Spragg explained about the project inception, noting that “there is a partnership between Waterloo in England and Waterloo in Sierra Leone.”
She explained that when British Member of Parliament, Clare Curtis-Thomas whose Waterloo constituency visited Waterloo in Sierra Leone, locals requested if the MP could help the community in constructing a Library for the community.
Spragg revealed that a state-of-the-art multi-purpose complex has already been designed by ‘Ramboll’ in UK of “what will become a world class learning landscape.”
The complex, she said will provide facility of adult education, library, multi-purpose auditorium and an ITC suite.
Build on Books Coordinator, explained that President Koroma had already given the project a very strategic land for the erection of the library.
The aim of the project, Spragg explained is to provide education for those who have missed theirs as a result of the war.”
She furthered stated that the project is particular in educating women, noting that it has been proven in other developing countries that female education is key to national development as its positive results are often reflective in the socio-development. She revealed that the complex which construction will start in October will be completed in a year’s time, noting that it is their intention to bring 3 million books to Sierra Leone