(Part of the librarians that participated at the International School Library Month (ISLM) even held at the Natioanal University of Science and Technology (NUST).)
The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) Matabeleland branch and Library and Information Science Department at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) collaborated with the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) to commemorate the International School Library Month (ISLM) at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) through a librarian’s seminar and an open event to make the significance of school libraries.
The School library month was held under the theme Connecting communities and culture. The IASL website noted that the theme focus on the idea that ISLM connects communities (learning communities of all kinds and our own social communities) and cultures around the world as we share our love of school libraries and show some of the wonderful activities that go on in our libraries.
ZimLA President, Mr. Lantern Fusire gave remarks indicating the Zimbabwe Library Association firm support that every school should have a school library run by a qualified librarian. He stated that the library association support and encourage the recognition of school libraries.
The ZimLA president said, “School libraries play a pivotal role in providing the much needed and crucial dimension of information in its various content and context which opens the doors to for individuals to be enlightened”.
Mr. Fusire also noted the significant effort that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is putting to recognize the school library. He said, “For the past two years the Zimbabwe Library Association has engaged itself with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in its attempts to seriously advocate for the recognition of school libraries and their role in improving students’ performance in schools”.
The event was also attended by various speakers including Mr. Nelson Guvava from the Library and Information Science department who gave a speech supporting continual support for the school library. Mr. Learnmore Kagwiro from Belvedere Technical Teachers College, Mr. Herbert Mapfumo from Masvngo Teachers College and Mrs Alusi Nyathi from Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic also attended the event among other librarians.
Various schools supported the event through providing entertainment groups together with the NUST drama club.
ZimLA Matabeleland branch Chairperson and IASL Sub Saharan Africa Director, Mr. Jerry Mathema read a speech on behalf of IASL president Ms. Katy Manck. The speech focused on the theme – Connecting Communities and Cultures – reminded librarians, teachers and pupils that they interact with different cultures in different settings at work, within schools, communities and even globally. - Report submitted by Jerry Mathema