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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.
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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.

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The National Library of Uganda recently hosted the Africa Advisory Group of the Global Libraries Initiative – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Experts meeting took place at the Sheraton Kampala from 15th to 18th October 2013. The meeting was held as part of the Global Libraries (GL) objective of ensuring access to information through technology in public libraries, especially to disadvantaged communities.

The GL brought together a small group of advisors with direct experience in Africa to guide its engagement in the continent.

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