Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:06

Global Shapers to construct library in Sophia

The Global Shapers Georgetown Hub will be constructing a library in B Field, Sophia on the lawns of the Pattensen Community Centre under the initiative “Save the Libraries”.

The vision of the project is to improve reading by building a library in a space where it can be easily accessed, particularly by children.
Additionally, the Shapers have been implementing a reading programme to teach literacy to children and train local persons as literacy teachers so they can continue to work with the children and other persons in need of assistance.
Moreover, through a fundraising workshop organised by the Shapers, “The Ultimate Communications Workshop” was able to raise $400,000 which will go towards acquiring books for, and the construction of the library.
The Shapers noted that they are in the process of raising funds, training teachers and mobilising the community for the launching of the library, which is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.
“At which time, at least 50 children will have advanced their reading level, 20 literacy teachers will have been trained… and an ongoing reading programme will be established.”
The Shapers also noted that they are in the process of getting suppliers for the necessary building materials and long-term sponsors to make the project sustainable.
To date, they have partnered with other Non-Governmental Organisations including Varqa Foundation, Red Band Aid Foundation, Guyana Shines and Roteract of UG, on training literacy teachers, gathering books and raising funds for the actual construction of the library.
The “Save the Libraries” Programme is a pilot project initiated by the Global Shapers Georgetown Hub.
Only recently, the Global Shapers Georgetown Hub executed for the second time around, their Head Start Stationary Drive Project where over 500 hinterland children benefitted by receiving stationary supplies for the academic year 2014-2015.
The Global Shapers Community is an international network of more than 300 city-based hubs developed and led by energetic young leaders with a vision of building on their achievements and entrepreneurial drive to make a positive impact in their communities.
The Global Shaper Community Georgetown Hub was established on December 27, 2013.

Source: Guyana Times

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