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R32 Million Grant to strengthen Public Libraries in South Africa

The National library of South Africa (NLSA) has been awarded the R32Million Grant by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support a pilot project to strengthen selected Public Libraries in South Africa.

 

The fund has been awarded in partnership with governments and public & private funders to:

- Expand technology access in public libraries

- Foster research and innovation in libraries

- Services aligned to trends

- Training and leadership development

- Staff development for high impact libraries

- Policy and advocacy

- Measuring impact of libraries & public access on individuals and communities


The goal of the project is to strengthen and enhance current public library services by:

- Locating new technologies

- Initiating training in the use of appropriate technologies for accessing information

- Identifying new services for community development

- Enhancing existing resources and physical spaces

- Re-skilling & upskilling of staff

- To ensure that all people, especially in disadvantaged communities around the world, have access to information through technology in Public Libraries.


The Grant is aligned with Government Priorities (National Development Plan)

- Increasing quality of Education- Early childhood development programmes

- Promoting the culture of reading

- Making high-speed broadband internet available- Internet connectivity

- Broadening social cohesion. Locate library As community hub.

- Strengthening youth programmes to include life skills… Entrepreneurship… Focus on youth services and create empowering spaces for them in libraries

- Increasing the quality of education so that all children have at least two years of preschool education and all children in grade 3 can read and write

- Early childhood development programmes

- Making high-speed broadband internet universally available at competitive prices assist in expanding internet connectivity and technology resources to and for rural communities

design and promote services for and facilities to local users through desktop, mobile and wireless connectivity

- Broadening social cohesion and unity while redressing the inequities of the past

Locate a public library as a community hub

- Facilitate access to local and community information, e-governance, primary and general health information, educational opportunities, cultural awareness and understanding,

- Strengthening youth service programmes and introduce new, community-based programmes to offer young people life-skills training, entrepreneurship training and opportunities to participate in community development programmes.

- Focus on services for the youth and provide an environment for learning, development and a positive socializing support mechanism for the marginalized and unemployed youth

VERY EXCITING

  • STRENGTHENED AND CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC LIBRARIES AS COMMUNITY HUBS
  • FOCUSED PROVISION OF RELEVANT LIBRARY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
  • RE-SKILLED STAFF ABLE TO WORK WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND REVITALISED COMMUNITIES
  • COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, PERSONAL GROWTH, LIFELONG LEARNING & IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
  • ENHANCED VISIBILITY OF PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • LOCATED ON POLITICAL & DEVELOPMENTAL AGENDA OF GOVERNMENT

 

*Over 30 countries have benefited from

 

Community Information Center, Kenya

 

Community Technology Center, Dominican Republic


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