June 25, 2012 5 Comments
An ambitious librarian has pushed and succeeded in establishing a Trust focusing on rural school libraries. I say ambitious because despite lack of funds to run a multitude of libraries in rural communities where the government has failed, the ambitious individuals are so determined to establish school libraries in every province of Zimbabwe. These plans seem to resonate support from the current political establishment as evidenced by their presence during the launch. As ZLDT, we appreciate such a contribution to the development of libraries for deprived rural populations.
A blog post by Kenneth Mangemba has summed up the launch of ZSRLT “As I said in the beginning that such birth can be a blessing if well taken care of as they propel growth in society but the big question still remains – How are they going to implement the trust projects for the rural schools to benefit? Several other issues stand in the way relating to the role of National Library and Documentation Services (NLDS), Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) and other Ministry departments who have the mandate to develop the library fraternity in Zimbabwe. Their continual silence is tantamount to put the library development in Zimbabwe into a sinking ship regardless of the fundamental importance of libraries in communities they are established. Efforts from ZRSLT and other civic organizations are imperative for equipping the society with the endeavor to enrich the human mind for social inclusion.”
More about the launch of ZRSLT, read it here.