posted September 20, 2013
September 19th National Reading Week was celebrated country-wide. We were honored to have the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Culture, the Mayor of Kayonza District, Executive Director of Rwanda Library Services and other federal and local education officials participate in our celebration. This was a wonderful opportunity for Ready for Reading to showcase what is happening here at the Rwinkwavu Community Library/Learning Center.
This year with the music program up and running our own music and traditional dance troupe entertained the community to a packed house in our beautiful amphitheater
Enjoying the performance!
(Left to right) Education officials; Matt Melaugh, RfR Country Director; Jennifer Turatsinze, Executive Director Kigali Public Library; Betsy Dickey, Founder/Executive Director RfR; Edward Kalisa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports and Culture; John Mugabo, Mayor of Kayonza District; Elias Gakire, Executive Secretary Rwinkwavu Sector
The Permanent Secretary and the Mayor handed out literacy certificates to our first Kinyarwanda Literacy class graduates. Several gave testimonials to the crowd, telling them how learning to read and right for the first time has changed their lives and that of their families.
Some of our proud graduates How literacy has changed Bernard’s life
After the performance and awards ceremony the officials toured the library eager to learn more about our programs and activities. They were amazed by the breadth of our offerings; skills training, literacy, youth development, cultural and social opportunities and promoting a culture of reading, designed to reach people of all ages. They were particularly impressed with our computer (ICT) and e-reader programs. The Rwanda Library Services considers what RfR has implemented here in Rwinkwavu as a country-wide model for community libraries.
Mayor and e-reader students
Here’s a link to an online Rwandan newspaper, read what it says about Ready for Reading/RCLLC: http://www.itumanaho.com/2013/10/kayonza-rwinkwavu-community-library-helping-children-to-develop-reading-skills/