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National Library Hosts Chinese Delegation

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The National Library of Uganda received a Chinese delegation from Henan Province of the People's Republic of China. The delegates  Who included Li Xia, the Deputy Director of Henan Provincial Culture Department; Cui Xi Mei, Director Henan Provincial Youth and Children Library; Huang Han Qin, Henan Provincial Culture Department; Xin Mu Xiang, Henan Provincial Museum;  Long Lin, The Secretary to the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda; and Cui Yun, a  Chinese business man in Uganda were received by Mr. Adoniah Katungisa, the Deputy Director of the National Library of Uganda, and his Heads of Departments at the National Library Offices on Buganda Road.

The Chinese Delegation was escorted by Ms Pamela Batenga (Principal Culture Officer) who gave the welcome remarks and Ms Cecilia Ajom (Senior Culture Officer), both officials from the Ministry of Gender, Culture and Social Development

The Deputy Director warmly welcomed the delegation and expressed gladness that even with their tight schedule, they had chosen to visit the National Library. He then gave them a brief overview of the National Library, its history, functions, mandate and future prospects. He also expressed the willingness of the National Library to explore any opportunities that may be available for collaboration between the National Library and the Henan Province through Bilateral agreements between the Republic of Uganda and the People's Republic of China.

In her remarks, Ms Li Xian, who was the head of the delegation said that they were happy to visit Uganda and that in their brief visit, they have been able to see some beautiful views and have loved the climate. She thanked the National Library staff in attendance for sacrificing their time on a public holiday to honor the visit. She introduced the other delegates in her delegation and gave a brief view about the Henan province and their concerns in the arts, culture and antiquities. She noted that they have had a program for cultural exchange with Uganda since 2004 and some of the beneficiaries are 5 Ugandans who were taken to China and trained in Chinese Kungfu in the Shaolin Temple. She called upon the ministry of Gender to make use of these people to exhibit the skills they attained to Ugandans.

She said that one of the missions for their visit was to seek cooperation opportunities with the National Library of Uganda and the Uganda Museum,  and the Uganda Cultural Centre. So she welcomed officials from the Ministry of Gender and from the National Library to China. She said that in the area of capacity building, the Henan province could possibly send some of their staff to the national Library of Uganda and also invite National Library of China to visit their provincial libraries. She also talked about having photographers and artists from both countries exchanging photographs and making a joint exhibition.

She explained that the Henan Provincial library had a similar mandate as the National Library, with the exception that it only plays a guiding role and does not supervise nor manage municipal and other public libraries. She also said that the Henan provincial Museum holds over 40,000 precious pieces of great historical value.

The delegation also took a tour of the library, exploring its Chinese collection, and  The meeting ended with a ceremony to handover 25 titles of  bi-lingual (Chinese and English) children books to the National Library of Uganda.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:45 )

Book Aid International Turns 60

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The National Library of Uganda proudly joins Book Aid International, its oldest partner in book trade, to celebrate its 60th birthday.  BAI, as it is fondly known by millions of readers in Sub-Saharan Africa, started in 1954. It has walked this long but very enjoyable journey with Ugandan public libraries since the 1990s. 

A quarter of a century later and hundreds of thousands of  books having been in and continuing to be held in the hands of ordinary Ugandans, this collaboration has expanded from book provision, to library staff training, reading promotion, supporting local book industry through local book purchases as well as making public libraries more attractive to users.

Over the years, the National Library of Uganda has organized many book related programmes that have included reading camps, teacher training in reading promotion, starting small libraries in primary schools as well as supporting public libraries through donating books to them. All these programmes have mainly used books donated by BAI.  Many school children and secondary school students as well as adults doing evening classes and generally reading for pleasure, have continued to access books that supplement their school text books and also further fulfill their lives. The BAI ‘touch’ has been felt in all corners of Uganda. As Christine, one happy library user in Buikwe, some 30 kilometers west of  Kampala said of her local library. ‘I used to read all kinds of books in the library and I was amazed at how new and good the books were, especially those that had the stamp, ‘Donated by Book Aid International – Not for sale” They helped me improve on my vocabulary and I passed my O-level exams with a first grade.’

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:51 )


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From the 26th to28th of February 2014, Children International Uganda organized a reading tent at the Buhimba Sub – County public library, which was facilitated by both Children International and NLU staff namely Mrs Stella Nekuusa and Ms Jennifer Nalwanga. The tent was attended by over 15 schools, 600 children, 30 teachers and members of the Factional Adult Literacy class that meet at the library. The children were engaged in a number of activities that included, silent reading of books of their choice, reading aloud and reading marathon, word search, book making, drawing and painting, story telling, word games, making of crafts, moulding, singing and poem reciting.
Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 08:01 ) Read more...


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Soroti Public Library

The National Library of Uganda has launched phase 2 of a project for changing the Face of Children's library services in Uganda which it has been implementing since October 2013 in conjunction with Book Aid International.

Phase 1 of the project, whose aim is to offer effective children’s services by creating child friendly spaces and providing library and other educational materials for public libraries, was implemented in six public libraries of Kampala, Hoima, Kabale, Jinja, Paidha and Soroti districts with outstanding impact.
Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 07:00 ) Read more...

Information delivery through ICT for young pregnant mothers

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National Library of Uganda in partnership with Beyond Access an initiative of International Research Exchange (IREX), which started a movement to make all public libraries hubs for economic and social change, is implementing a project aimed at assisting pregnant teenagers have access to antenatal and postnatal information through the use of information Communications Technology(ICT). The project looks at helping teenage girls who are made vulnerable through early engagement in sexual activities leading to early pregnancy. these girls face a lot on socio- economic and cultural challenges and if left unaided would lead them to the path of self destruction.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 08:14 ) Read more...
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