THE Library Services of Fiji marked the International Literacy Day in Fiji with the establishment of a community library in Tailevu.
The new library, which was opened in the village of Lomanaisau today commit’s the Fijian Government to this international day and to strengthening literacy development in the country. The event which is commemorated worldwide on the 8th of September saw staff at the Department reach out to rural communities across the country including this village in Tailevu.
Staff at the Department of the Library Services of Fiji visited the village to open the new library and also carried out various literacy awareness programs. This included literary tools for the women in the village such as books embroidery, craft work, fan making, fold dip and dye, and jewellery making . The Department identified these tools as a mechanism for the women to learn from and to also implement income generating projects.
The Ministry of Education Acting permanent secretary Mrs Basundra Kumar commended the consistent efforts by the Library Service Fiji on the theme “Literacy and Sustainable Development”.
“I commend the Library Services of Fiji for their consistent contribution to the sustainable development of all communities, individuals and the economy through the provision of literatures that will help our citizens irrespective of age, gender, or beliefs to acquire appropriateknowledge for development” said the Acting Permanent Secretary for Education.
The department has so far assisted in the establishment of more than 70 school libraries and 4 Community libraries this year.