Monday, March 26, 2012

LESLEY KOYI INFORMATION CONSULTANCY: EDUCATION FOR ALL

LESLEY KOYI INFORMATION CONSULTANCY: EDUCATION FOR ALL: As a fundamental human right, education should be made available to every child, as it’s critical to human development and societies at l...

EDUCATION FOR ALL


As a fundamental human right, education should be made available to every child, as it’s critical to human development and societies at large. As education helps pave way to a successful and productive future to all. When quality education for all children is ensured and one that is rooted in gender equality we create waves of opportunity that impact generations to come.

Education for all enhances lives, it ends generational cycles of poverty and disease, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, enabling families to better cope with illness and improve the life expectancy of the worlds poorest and provides a foundation for suitable development. A quality basic education for boys and girls equips them with knowledge and skills necessary to adopt to a healthy lifestyle and to take an active role in social, economic and political decision making.

Because libraries are a central unit of a system that involves information storage and retrieval, and being that education has a great essence and a high place in human life and development there is much need to make libraries strong learning institutions and building libraries that can support both research and teaching needs. And being a librarian myself I know that librarians should take their position on the fore front in advocating for education for all. Instead of waiting for information seekers to come to them for help in the various libraries they are located into, librarians should market and brand library services and also bring to the notice of people across the world that librarians are an important entity in advocating for literacy and education for all.

Librarians should enhance proper access to information including assessment of the quality and quantity of research materials, both print and electronic available to users and help in the ease of use in the accessing of all information materials. It’s upon this backdrop that I participated in this years “World Read Aloud Day” which took place on March 7 2012 world over and I also wrote a poem on the same as I took part too as one of the guest readers invited by Litworld.

         WORLD READ ALOUD DAY POEM
http://litworld.org/worldreadalouddayblog/2012/3/7/a-special-world-read-aloud-day-poem-from-lesley-koyi.html
             AS A GUEST READER
http://litworld.org/worldreadalouddaychats

LESLEY KOYI INFORMATION CONSULTANCY: THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012 - REACTING ...

LESLEY KOYI INFORMATION CONSULTANCY: THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012 - REACTING ...: THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012-REACTING TO CHANGE IN THE AFRICAN LIBRARY As librarians before we even think of disseminating Informa...

THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012 - REACTING TO CHANGE IN THE AFRICAN LIBRARY

THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012-REACTING TO CHANGE IN THE AFRICAN LIBRARY
As librarians before we even think of disseminating Information or even its retrieval for use, we must look at the encouragement of the readership thereof. And this can only be possible when we encourage the reading and writing culture among people, and this has to begin very early on in life.

It’s upon this backdrop that Litworld is spear heading the Worlds Read Aloud Day on March 7 2012. Litworld has discovered that “Words Change Worlds”, and its through the power of books, through story telling that cultivates literacy skills in the worlds most vulnerable children, through education, advocacy and innovation.

The world is changing in many ways and yet the library is still as important as it used to be many years ago, but I think even more on African soil because knowledge is still yet to permeate into the heartland of  Africa, down in the village where there are few libraries or non at all. With lots of challenges to enhance the accessibility of books and learning materials.

Africa is still positioning its self if any in the reaction to change in the library system globally, that influence the way library operates in terms of Information dissemination on a daily basis.

For all this change to be realized all those community libraries and others must react fast to the changing environment to make internet accessible, possible to make digitizing possible and to ensure factual knowledge to the information professionals . And thus libraries need to brand or enhance branding approaches that will leverage their services and position themselves as key players in social, economic and political development.

THE WORLD READ ALOUD DAY POEM
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I listen to the story and what a story it is,
The story carries my mind and memory to far flung places,
But then
I realize I have had a journey of the mind and for a moment,
I forget about my environment and all my challenges in life.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I want to know why the voice reads aloud to the nations,
I am told it’s the worlds read aloud day.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations
It mingles with the tweet of the singing birds, for a morning
Wake up call, for it’s just but morning,
The sun is just but rising, but the voice still goes on and strong,
The story carries with it the tells of literacy to the world, that the young
In the world can grow with strong minds of understanding and knowledge for life.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I listen to the story and what a story it is,
The sweet voice mingle with various other voices of nature,
The birds chirping, the sun rising, the wind blowing, the trees swaying,
The waves rising and the plains soaring with life.
Then I realize it’s not only, a voice reading aloud to the nations,
But its voices reading, all over the world, and finally,
The sun has gone down, its night and the bats are flying by,
I then continue to hear many other voices read aloud to,
The children into the deep of the night making it full of life.

By Lesley Koyi.