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Utilise library - Mokalake

Minister of Lands and Housing, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake has urged residents of Nata to utilise the community library and cultural centre so that it does not turn into a white elephant.

Giving a keynote address at the official opening of the library and cultural centre built through Robert and Sara Rothschild Foundation, Mr Mokalake said even though the library was located in Nata, it would benefit all communities in the surrounding areas whose desire was to acquire knowledge.

The library, he noted, would fulfill one of the pillars of Vision 2016, that of an informed and educated nation. He also said this could only be possible if Nata residents develop a culture of visiting the library and reading various information materials available in the library. Through this, he noted the facility will remain relevant.

Minister Mokalake noted that government’s view was that the role of libraries should move beyond being book storages to being centres for all types of information on government empowerment programmes for the betterment of the people.

In addition, he said that the role of a library is essential in developing an educated society through programmes that improve literacy and information, including lifelong learning opportunities.

Moreover, Mr Mokalake said the facility is equipped with seven computers to allow free access to internet services and will also offer ICT training to those who are not conversant with operating computers and yet have the desire to be empowered with such skills.

He also urged young people who are unemployed to make use of the facility to do research to start or develop already existing businesses. “It is important for all of us to take care and maintain the library so that our future generations will find it in a good state,” he said.

Consequently, he applauded the Sara and Robert Rothschild family foundation for their compassionate, generous gesture and commitment to assist the government. He further said the facility is the 12th library the foundation had built since entering in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

For her part, Ms Sara Rothschild of Sara and Robert Rothschild family foundation said when they came to Botswana their intention was to build only two libraries, but the warm welcome extended to them by Batswana made them to build more libraries in the country for the benefit of many. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Tebogo Buyendasi

Location : TUTUME

Event : Library opening

Date : Jun 19 Thu,2014

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