As part of its education intervention programmes, Hope for African Children Initiative, has donated 540 text books and novels to equip a library which it had earlier began constructing for a Community Primary/Secondary School, Crystal Bridge Academy, in Ogbelle-Obollo Afor, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The book donation which was necessitated by a need to create access to books which can change the lives of the rural community children was held on the 20th December, 2017 at the school compound.
It was gathered that in June 2017, Hope for African Children Initiative, through the instrumentality of the founder, Noel Ify Alumona, had started building an ultra-modern library for the school to enable the school children have access to books while improving the reading skills of the beneficiaries.
The facility which is being built with generous contributions and support from the organizations donors and supporters is meant to have standard furniture and fine interior fittings, with enough leg spaces for pupils’ convenience. The library building which is still under construction has sections for both the Nursery and Primary sections of the school. These sections are meant to have over three thousand books in each of them, covering basic school curriculum and general knowledge educational materials.
Villagers said the gesture came at a time teachers were poorly motivated, in addition to derelict infrastructure and poor learning environment. This was further complicated by poverty and parents’ inability to meet up subsidized fees for their children.
Speaking at the donation and handover ceremony recently, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr. Noel Ify Alumona, said the foundation’s decision to set-up a library in the school was based on the potential impact of the project in ensuring that children from economically disadvantaged background were able to access quality books and have a conducive and inspiring environment to read.
“We believe that these factors will enable them to develop a healthy reading culture – which will improve their vocabulary, knowledge and understanding of the world and subsequently better position them for success in life,” Noel said.
He disclosed that in addition to setting up the library, the foundation would also be working with the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, Udenu Local Government Education Authority, and the management team of the school to design and implement programmes that would ensure maximum utilization of the library, the books donated and the resources in it.
The pupils, community and teachers described the NGO’s gesture as a life-changing experience, especially in a rural community where accessibility is often difficult.
“From amongst our volunteers, a school library committee has been constituted and will be charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing such activities. Programmes such as book reading and storytelling sessions have also been developed and will be incorporated in the school time-table to ensure continuous engagement of pupils as well as use of the library,” he added.
On when the library under construction will be completed and inaugurated, Noel Ify Alumona promised that it will not be later than August of 2018. He also disclosed that the inauguration of the ultra-modern library will certainly come up by October 1st, 2018 to mark the 6th year Anniversary of the existence of the organization.