By Kadiatu Lamrana Jalloh
Kambia, SIERRA LEONE – In a significant boost to educational resources, BookAid International, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Library Board, recently facilitated a three-day training session for two teachers and the headmistress of K D C Church of the Lord Kambia. This initiative aimed to empower educators with essential skills in library management and further enriched the learning environment for the students.
Mr. Maxwell Momoh Mansaray, the Librarian at the Kambia Library, revealed that BookAid International from the United Kingdom generously donated over 1,200 books to the school. Additionally, they provided a substantial cupboard, buckets, and soaps for handwashing, all facilitated through the Sierra Leone Library Board.
The training focused on fundamental library skills, covering areas such as record-keeping, book lending procedures, and attendance tracking. Participants were also instructed on how to effectively set up and manage a school library. BookAid International’s support is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Sierra Leone Library Board to establish libraries in schools, with K D C Church of the Lord Primary being one of the fortunate beneficiaries.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Mansaray emphasized the significance of the training, stating, “Your inclusion is not an accident; therefore, whatever training you receive over these three days must be taken seriously to showcase the importance of this particular project to your school.”
He urged the teachers and headmistress to internalize the ideas presented during the training, emphasizing that doing so would enhance the reading abilities and academic performances of the students in their exams.
Furthermore, Mr. Mansaray highlighted that BookAid International goes beyond providing books, cupboards, and mini-libraries; they also prioritize capacity building through training sessions for the teachers.
This collaborative effort aims to create a conducive learning environment at KDC Primary, fostering a culture of reading and knowledge enhancement among the students. KLJ/7/12/2023