New Library and Information Center Launched in Namataveikai
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Staff members from CLLIC and TEREC with Dean FALE Dr. Kedrayati at one of the first Pilot sites in Molituva, Kasavu
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Teacher Educational Resource and E-learning Centre (TEREC) in collaboration with the Community Library and Learning and Information Center (CLLIC) launched the Community Library and Information Center at the Namataveikai village, in Ra on February 21.
This was done as part of CLLIC’s project to pilot the development and sustainability of information centers in 6 villages around Fiji.
Ulamila Marama, Project coordinator at CLLIC, said that the project was launched last year with the aim to provide access to books and digital information to the rural community.
She said, “In order to stimulate interest in literacy we have to take learning to the doorsteps of the rural communities.”
CLLIC are hopeful that the project can be handed over to the Government of Fiji to scale up to a nationwide programme.
Ms. Marama said, “Some of the programmes that were established last year will be run by some of the Government Ministries this year. These Ministries will assist the communities by catering for their needs in areas such as business entrepreneurship and development opportunities for women and youth.
“Apart from that, evaluation is starting now as we are trying to evaluate the programmes that have been running from last year and by the end of June 2015, a draft report should be ready on the outcomes of the use of the centers so far,” she added.
One of the main goals of the project is to provide proof of concept in Fiji and then deploy the model in other Pacific Island countries.
Mr. Ian Thomson from the School of Education said “From a global perspective, information centers such as the one set up in Namataveikai, will help bridge the digital divide between people who don’t have access to the internet and computers with those that do.”
Each pilot site receives donated books from USP and Library Services, 5 donated computers pre-loaded with educational content, connection to the internet and training on running the library and using the computers.
The team from TEREC and CLLIC will be travelling to Nativi village, Ra in the coming week for the launching of the Library and Information center there.
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