Bulawayo Public Library Librarian, Ms Letshani Ndlovu receiving books from Ambassador Matthew E.K. Neuhaus (centre) whilst Clr Chigora (far left) looks on.
Several people including Librarians based in Bulawayo, the Provincial Education Director (PED) for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Mr. Dan Moyo, the representative of His Worship Councilor, Martin Moyo the Mayor of the City of Bulawayo, Councilor Chigora, the Chairperson of the Bulawayo Public Llibrary, Mr. J. L. Sigoba and members from the business community in and around Bulawayo, last week thronged the Bulawayo Public Library to witness the commissioning of The Bulawayo Public Library’s Young People Library Section (YPL) by the Australian Ambassador Matthew E.K. Neuhaus.
The renovations of the BPL Children section that lasted for a month gobbled close to US$17 000 provided by Direct Aid Program of the Australian Government transformed the centre into a state-of-the-art library proving Internet facilities, TV and Film facilities and game centre. The entire building has since been painted to provide a new look.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Neuhaus stated that it was critical to focus on children’s education as a country to ensure meaningful development. He challenged the business community to mobilise resource towards the Children’s Library whilst donating Children’s books worth hundreds of dollars.
Bulawayo Mayo through a speech read on his behalf by Councilor Chigora expressed gratitude to the gesture given by the Australian Embassy in partnering with the City in a bid to create a literate child not only through reading but through the use of technology. He encouraged Librarians to continue being custodians and expert providers of services with regards to information access.
Miss Letshani Ndlovu, Librarian of the Bulawayo Public Library expressed gratitude to the Australian Embassy for this gesture. She showed the gathering a video of some pictures of the then Y.P.L. as compared to the new look after the renovations. Previously the Section had peeled paint and cracks on the walls, broken floor tiles, old and in-adequate furniture and no computers for children.