The UNIC Pretoria Library joined several other libraries in South Africa to mark the South Africa Library Week by launching its activities for the week on 16 March 2015 with a group of 31 learners aged 6 to 15 years form the Tshwane leadership Foundation.The South Africa Library Week which started on 14 March and concludes on 21 March 2015 is being held countrywide under the theme “Connect @ your Library”, with the belief that libraries connect people to each other and to knowledge and information.
Both UNIC Pretoria staff and interns, being guided by the UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba, arranged fun and educational activities for the learners focusing mainly on the work of the UN, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the “My World Campaign”. The students were attentive and engaged fully in the different discussions presented to them. The UNIC Librarian briefed the learners about the Library Week and its significance and used the platform to highlight UNIC Pretoria Library services and resources it provides to the local population.
UNIC Pretoria Director, Helene Hoedl, addressed the learners and elaborated more on the MDGs and the “My World Campaign” and asked them various related questions on what needs to be done and most importantly their involvement. The students displayed interest and positively responded to the asked questions.
Students were later divided into four groups of discussion, facilitated by UNIC staff and interns, to further explore the diverse UN issues with smaller groups for better understanding. Within their groups, they actively participated in selecting six most vital issues, out of the sixteen outlined on the “My World campaign”, they considered to be of value to them for discussion.
To wrap up the programme and as a token of appreciation for their participation and also as a way of promoting UNIC Pretoria’s library activities, the UNIC Librarian gave each student a Library Week kit. Each kit contained posters on children rights and the Library Week, a pencil, bookmarks and a comic book on how to prevent abuse in public schools titled “Speak Out”.
Various activities have been planned for the entire week to make the public together with all UN staff abreast of the Pretoria Library activities and above all to connect with each other and gain valuable information.